Pittsfield man sentenced for metal baseball bat attack

Victim suffered internal bleeding in his skull

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Pittsfield man who struck another man on the head with an aluminum baseball bat so hard that the victim suffered internal skull bleeding that required surgery has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in jail.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that Robin Houghtling was ordered Tuesday to serve 18 months of that sentence, with the rest suspended for two years of probation, after pleading guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious injury.

Prosecutors say the 20-year-old Houghtling struck the 47-year-old victim during a violent argument in February 2014.

The victim went to the hospital three times complaining of headaches before it was determined he was suffering from life-threatening internal bleeding in his skull.

At his lawyer’s request, Houghtling will serve his time outside Berkshire County.


Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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