BENNINGTON — A man pleaded guilty Monday to repeatedly hitting a 63-year-old Manchester man with a baseball bat at the victim's home in April.
Chad Herrington, 44, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of aggravated assault with a weapon, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Herrington went to Wayne Hemingway's apartment at Torrey Knoll with two other people on April 20, said Bennington County Deputy State's Attorney Robert Plunkett.
Herrington had been carrying a baseball bat, which he used to strike the victim at least once, causing pain and bruising. "He did it intentionally," the prosecutor told Superior Court Judge John Valente.
Two other Manchester men — Jason Davie, 38, and Joshua McMahon, 41 — are also charged in the incident.
Documents filed at the Bennington County Superior Court show that Hemingway reported the assault to Manchester police. Hemingway said three people wearing masks and carrying baseball bats knocked on his door in the wee hours of April 20. When he opened the door, they allegedly began beating him with the bats.
Hemingway said they pulled him outside the apartment, and one of them restrained him with a "forearm against his throat" while the other two "entered his residence and ransacked it."
Hemingway believed his attackers were looking for drugs, but they didn't find any because he was clean and sober. But the men apparently took an unknown number of CDs.
Hemingway reportedly recognized Herrington's voice and walk, as well as McMahon's voice from "past drug involvements."
A police officer who spoke with Hemingway noted injuries throughout his body, including a wound that ran from his forehead to his eyes, bruising around his wrists and a large bruise on his left thigh.
Herrington is charged also with kidnapping, burglary and petit larceny. These will be dismissed after he is sentenced in accordance with his plea agreement with prosecutors.
His sentencing will be scheduled sometime after Feb. 7. He is represented by attorney Daniel Maguire.
Davie and McMahon have pleaded not guilty and are still on track to go to trial. They're scheduled for jury selection on Jan. 7. All three men are currently on home detention.
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