Cushing man sentenced for aggravated assault
Rockland — A 20-year-old Cushing man, arrested for a trio of transgressions including aggravated assault, was sentenced to four months in jail Oct. 2 after he pleaded guilty to the charges in Knox County Superior Court.
Brian Burch is charged with aggravated assault, misdemeanor assault, and stealing drugs for three separate incidents involving three different victims, according to court documents.
Burch was sentenced to serve three years with all but four months suspended for all counts, and pay a $300 fine. He is subject to two years of probation upon release and is also ordered to pay $1,500 restitution for a victim's medical expenses.
According to court documents, Burch repeatedly kneed and punched a victim in the face until a witness begged him to stop.
Rockland police were called to assist EMS July 30 with an intoxicated patient bleeding from the head.The victim was confused and leaned on the ambulance to keep his balance, according to a police affidavit. Authorities went to the hospital to speak with the victim, and the victim's mother, about the incident as part of the investigation. Police heard from witnesses that Burch was the assailant, said court documents.
The victim said he did not remember what happened, only that he was drinking earlier in the day with people, including Burch. He said Burch would not hurt him because the two men are friends, said court documents.
A witness told police Burch and the victim had been arguing, and she heard Burch threaten the victim before kneeing him in the face, getting him on the ground, and then punching him. The witness said she begged Burch to stop, said the affidavit.
The victim lost consciousness and was choking on blood when 911 was called, said court documents.
A week earlier, on July 23, Burch was accused of stealing Ritalin prescribed to a female acquaintance. The woman told police Burch had been sitting in the passenger seat of her vehicle and when he left, she noticed three Ritalin pills were missing from the center console where she kept the medication, said court documents. She told police she had been looking for Burch to confront him about the theft, but had been unable to locate him.
On the same day, a couple went to the police station to report an assault they claimed Burch committed. The pair said Burch had approached them twice, trying to instigate a fight. The male victim said he did not provoke a fight and had kept his hands in his pockets to avoid an altercation. He also said he did not know why Burch wanted to fight. The couple said Burch assaulted the male victim near the Time Out Pub, tripping him and kneeing him in the face. The girlfriend yelled for help and bystanders came to pull Burch off the victim. The victim refused medical attention but wanted to press charges, said court documents.
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