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NJ man pleads not guilty in Mass. college assaults

February 7, 2014

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A New Jersey man charged with randomly attacking other students at the Massachusetts college he attended has been held without bail.

Dillon DeStefano was held pending a hearing to determine whether he is a danger to society after pleading not guilty Thursday to two counts of aggravated assault and battery.

Authorities say the 19-year-old DeStefano, of Riverdale, N.J., punched two fellow Endicott College students between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. Sunday. One suffered a broken jaw and another had a shattered eye socket.

A third student was attacked but no charges have been filed.

Authorities tell The Salem News (http://bit.ly/1catqPt ) the unprovoked attacks may have been an example of the “knockout game,” in which people randomly punch strangers.

DeStefano’s lawyer had no comment, saying he is still preparing his case.


Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com

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