A Hagerstown man was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay more than $30,000 in restitution after pleading guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to assaulting another man.
Matthew Edward West, 40, of 121 Southern Oak Drive, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in exchange for a charge of first-degree assault being dismissed.
“I can’t pay the doctor bills” Nelson said.
Nelson went to Hagerstown police on Oct. 19 and said he had been assaulted the night before, but was unable to tell police who the assailant was, Assistant State’s Attorney Gina Cirincion told Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. Nelson ended up going to the hospital for injuries that included broken cheekbones, a broken nose, a fractured eye socket and knocked out teeth, she said.
Three days later, while still in the hospital, he contacted police and said he was willing to speak with them, Cirincion said.
On the night of the assault, Nelson, West and a woman were in an apartment when the two men got into an argument, Cirincion said. West left and Nelson fell asleep on a couch, but awoke to find West coming through a window, she said.
West kicked Nelson in the face repeatedly, Cirincion said.
West has three previous assault convictions, Cirincion told Long.
“A lot of this is driven by drugs and alcohol,” West’s attorney Andrea Chee-a-tow told Long.
West apologized to Nelson and said he would work to pay the restitution after his release from prison.
“This is a very brutal assault ... The damage you did was way out of bounds and you have three prior convictions for assaultive behavior,” Long said. While sympathetic to Nelson’s view, Long told West, “This deserves punishment.”
The sentence was 10 years with eight years suspended and five years of supervised probation. West was given 160 days credit for time already served and ordered to pay $30,290.27 in restitution.