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Bat attack fouls man’s freedom

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

A Pulaski resident will have to serve nearly all of a maximum 20-year prison sentence for hitting a man in the head with a baseball bat last fall.

Donald Gene York, 53, of Pulaski pleaded guilty in April to a charge of malicious wounding in connection with an attack on Curtis Dale Steele outside Steele’s home Sept. 6.

During a hearing in Pulaski County Circuit Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor urged Judge Marcus Long Jr. to impose a penalty in excess of the midpoint sentence of 12 years recommended under state guidelines.

“Based on his long criminal history dating back to 1976, the serious injuries suffered by the victim, and the fact that (York and co-defendant Jay Dean Schumm) attacked Steele without any reason or provocation, the Court should sentence him to more than the 12 years suggested by the guidelines,” Fleenor said. He noted Steele suffered “severe and permanent injuries” as a result of the attack.

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