Witness Misbel Borjas told the Los Angeles Times shortly after the attack that she was passing in a car at the time of the attack and saw Jones pushing Rodriguez.
“She was yelling at him, ‘Go back to your country,’ or ‘Go back to Mexico,’” Borjas said. “It was racist.”
Rodriguez was left bloodied and bruised on the sidewalk, authorities said. He was treated at a hospital for a broken cheekbone, his family told the Los Angeles Times.
Jones fled after the attack and was arrested six days later.
Jones was initially charged with attempted murder, but that charge was dropped with the plea deal, according to prosecutors and Los Angeles County Superior Court records.