Court upholds conviction in Brown University athlete assault

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Connecticut man who assaulted a former Brown University basketball player, leaving him permanently impaired.

The Providence Journal reports the court ruling Wednesday supported the felony assault conviction of 29-year-old Tory Lussier in the 2013 attack on Joseph Sharkey.

Prosecutors say Lussier confronted Sharkey after consuming several drinks in May 2013. Sharkey's companion testified that he had his back turned when Lussier punched him in the face, causing the man to fall and hit his head.

Court records show Sharkey has long-term mental impairments and had to learn to walk again after the assault.

Lussier was given a seven-year suspended sentence, and he received a less than honorable discharge from the Marines.

READER COMMENTS

Loading comments...
Hide Comments

MORE STORIES FROM THE DAY

Father of Sandy Hook victim found dead at town hall in Newtown after apparent suicide

“He was a brokenhearted person, as we all are,” Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, was killed at Sandy Hook, told The Courant Monday. “It’s sad. Just no words.”


Bridge restrictions in Bourne to begin as repairs are made

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Bourne Bridge will be down to two lanes as repair work expected to last into late spring begins


Yale rescinds admission of student in bribery scandal

Yale University says it has rescinded the admission of a student as a result of bribery scandal that led to the indictment of the school's former women's soccer coach


Connecticut's gambling future uncertain, despite federal action

Connecticut's gambling future remains uncertain, despite federal approval of satellite tribal casino

TOP 5 TRENDING

PODCASTS