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Springfield man guilty of binding man to cross, beating him

January 21, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A 37-year-old western Massachusetts man has been found guilty of strapping another man who allegedly sold drugs for him to a cross and beating him.

The Springfield Republican reports (http://bit.ly/1PjPHDq ) Vito Resto was convicted Wednesday of kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery by a jury in Hampden Superior Court.

Carmello Rivera testified at trial that he worked as a drug dealer for Resto, who allegedly carried out the assault under orders from a supervisor to punish him.

Rivera said Resto put him face first on the cross, bound his hands with Velcro and hit him three times with a fiberglass stick in December 2014.

Resto, who has prior convictions, will have his status addressed as a subsequent offender on Thursday.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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