Wednesday April 24, 2013

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- A man who was stabbed during a fight in August pleaded guilty to some of the charges he would have faced at trial on Tuesday.

Michael Spangenberg, 23, of Hurley Lane, pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree domestic assault, one count of simple assault -- mutual fray, two counts of unlawful mischief, two counts of violating release conditions, and four counts of violating a restraining order. The state agreed to drop two felony burglary charges at a sentencing hearing set for July 25.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police, on Aug. 26 it was reported that a man had been stabbed on Depot Street. Police found Spangenberg walking on the street with blood on his back. According to him he had been stabbed by Miguel Maisonet. Spangenberg told police that on Aug. 25 he had gone to Maisonet’s house in search of a woman he knew and was attacked by Maisonet when he came to the door. He said he was also bitten by Maisonet’s dog. He said he came back on Aug. 26 to learn if the dog had all its shots and that was when he was stabbed.

Maisonet said he was at his home when Spangenberg entered and attacked him and his girlfriend. Maisonet said he stabbed Spangenberg in self-defense. Both he and the woman had visible injuries, according to police.

Police said they spoke to two children at the home who said they saw Spangenberg attack Maisonet as well as another person who corroborated that version of events.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr