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Williamsport High School student admits to second-degree assault

June 27, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

A Williamsport High School student charged with kicking another student in the head until he lost consciousness during a fight admitted to a charge of second-degree assault before a Washington County Circuit Judge Wednesday.

A charge of disturbing a school activity was waived in exchange for his plea, defense attorney Michael Morrisette said.

Circuit Judge John McDowell, sitting in juvenile court, delayed disposition.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Steve Kessell told McDowell that the 17-year-old boy came across his brother fighting with a schoolmate on March 5, 2002.

His brother knocked the schoolmate to the ground and got on top of him and the 17-year-old kicked the schoolmate in the head repeatedly until the boy lost consciousness, Kessell said.

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The beating was "vicious" and the 17-year-old "went beyond what was reasonable," he said. Assault charges against his brother were placed on the inactive docket.

Morrisette said the fight stemmed from animosity that began earlier in the year.

When the 17-year-old happened on the fight, he saw his brother being choked and was defending him, Morrisette said.

He said his client admitted that he inflicted at least one blow after the schoolmate stopped fighting back.

The schoolmate provoked the beating and had been acting aggressively against the brothers for months before the fight, Morrisette said.

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