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Man with mental illness sentenced for punching two women

BENSALEM, Pa. - A man was sentenced Wednesday to spend up to 8 years in state prison for punching two women in a Bucks County sports bar. 

The Bucks County District Attorney's Office says Nathaniel D. Love, 31, of Philadelphia was a mentally ill man who said he was off his medications for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia when he assaulted two women Feb. 25. 

He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault in October after he admitted to punching one of the women twice in the face, knocking her unconscious.

The attorney's office says witnesses told police the first victim repeatedly refused Love's advances at Final Score Bar & Grill on Knights Road before Love struck her. He then punched another women who tried to intervene before a patron and employee pulled him away. 

The first victim says she suffers from nightmares, memory loss, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. She also says she has a lingering numbness on one side of her body, which requires her to ask for help with activities such as bathing. 

“I feel that I will never have forgiveness for him,” she said.

Love's defense attorney said Love's mental illness was controlled with prescription drugs he received through public assistance, but when he became employed he lost that benefit and couldn't afford his prescriptions. The attorney said Love medicated with PCP, cocaine and alcohol. 

The judge accepted Love's struggle with mental illness, but said it didn't excuse his violence. 

Love faces concurrent sentences of four to 8 years for aggravated assault and one to two years for simple assault. 

The judge ordered him to undergo drug and alcohol evaluations in prison as well as mental health evaluations. 

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