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Man Gets Prison in Lowell Assault

February 17, 2019
Bounnee Lakongpheng of Lowell speaks to his defense attorney during his arraignment in 2017 in Lowell District Court. SUN file photo/Robert Mills Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

LOWELL -- A 29-year-old Lowell man was sentenced to six to eight years in prison after a jury convicted him of kicking and stomping on another man during an attack on Paige Street in downtown Lowell in the summer of 2017.

Bounnee Lakongpheng was convicted of two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury and a single count of assault and battery, according to court records.

Police accused Lakongpheng of being one of two men who jumped out of a white BMW in August of 2017 and attacked a 25-year-old Lowell man with a crowbar before they kicked the man and stomped on his head while he was down, according to police reports.

The 25-year-old was initially in critical condition at a Boston trauma center where he was taken by medical helicopter. A prosecutor said Lakongpheng and the victim knew each other from a previous bar fight in Lowell. Prosecutors said a pair of witnesses identified Lakongpheng as one of the attackers.

After a jury returned guilty verdicts on all three counts Lakongpheng faced, Superior Court Judge Heidi Brieger sentenced Lakongpheng to six to eight years in prison followed by three years of probation, according to court records.

Brieger ordered that while Lakongpheng is on probation, he must have no contact with the victim or witnesses in the case, and have no gang affiliations.

An attorney for Lakongpheng has already filed a notice in court that the jury’s verdict will be appealed.