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Man convicted in bar fight car assault

Man convicted in bar fight car assault

 A city man faces up to 15 years in state prison after a jury on Thursday found he used a car to seriously injury a man after a bar fight last year
The jury convicted Edward O. Daniels, 35, of Gari Lane, of attempted assault and weapons possession counts after about a day of deliberations. The jury rejected more serious attempted-murder and assault charges.

Daniels used a car to strike Lavar Tillman on Swan Street, near Albany Street, early in the morning April 23. The victim reported flipping into the air and possibly hitting a building.

The incident began at the TenTen Lounge on State Street when Daniels and Tillman got into a fist fight. The bar owner forced both men out and Daniels spotted Tillman on Swan Street, striking him.
Daniels sought Tillman out after the fight and then ran him down to exact "street justice," prosecutor Nicolaus Brooks-McDonald argued in closing statements Wednesday.

The defense argued Daniels was not criminally responsible, suggesting either Tillman had a gun or Daniels didn't intend to hit him. Key prosecution witnesses also lied, defense attorney Kevin O'Brien alleged.

O'Brien couldn't be reached for comment later. Brooks-McDonald said, "I believe it was a just result, given the testimony that came in at trial."

Tillman suffered a cut to his face and arm as well as a cracked sternum. Brooks-McDonald said the verdict indicated the severity of Tillman's injuries played a role in the jury's decision.

Daniels had been free on bail. Presiding Judge Frank P. Milano ordered him back into custody pending sentencing. Daniels is to be sentenced in March.

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