Newport man sentenced after fighting with senior citizen over handicapped parking spot

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NEWPORT — A 25-year-old Newport man will spend ten three-day weekends behind bars after he pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, stemming from an incident he had with an elderly man back in January.

Police say on January 10 they were called to Maplefields in Newport to a report that an altercation had taken place between Daniel Kennedy, and a 70-year-old man.

According to court records, Kennedy was approached by the man after he parked in a handicapped spot without any placards displayed on his vehicle. The elderly man asked Kennedy to move the vehicle, and the two got into a verbal altercation that continued inside the store.

A Maplefields employee told police that the men were inside arguing over the vehicle when Kennedy said it was a “good day to go to jail for beating up an old man.”

According to an affidavit submitted by Newport City Patrolman Jesse Testut, as Kennedy was driving away, he stopped, got out of his vehicle and knocked a coffee out of the hands of the older man.

The two exchanged punches, before Kennedy grabbed the man, and threw him to the ground.

The victim told police he did not need medical attention but had suffered a few scrapes and a twisted ankle from the incident.

Police say they were able to corroborate the elderly man’s story after speaking with witnesses and reviewing video surveillance.

In exchange for pleading guilty to the charge against him, the state dismissed a misdemeanor assault charge in the case.

Kennedy was sentenced to serve the ten three-day weekends at Northeastern Regional Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury.

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