Baseball Bat Assailant Gets 5 Years

Michael Norton, of Cranston, pleaded no contest to the felony assault charge in Superior Court.


The Cranston man charged with using a baseball bat to assault a Johnston resident was sentenced to a five years in prison, with two to serve.

Superior Court Judge Walter R. Stone imposed the sentence on Aug. 28, after Michael Norton entered a no-contest plea at his arraignment.

Stone also ordered Norton to serve three years' probation and a three-year suspended sentence, concurrently, as part of the plea agreement, according to online court records.

According to Johnston Police, witnesses said Norton hit the victim during a party at a home on Borden Avenue. The victim suffered serious injuries in the attack.

Norton fled the scene following the Aug. 18 assault, and surrendered to police on Aug. 23.

Peter A. Filippi III September 21, 2012 at 02:26 PM
It seems whenever you read about these horrendous crimes and the lenient liberal judgments’ you wonder if they came from a fortune cookie
RS September 21, 2012 at 06:47 PM
2 years to serve seems like a joke considering he almost killed the guy....


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