A Suffolk Superior Court judge ruled today that if a New Jersey cop who started a fight at a Fenway Domino's that put a BC student into the hospital stays out of trouble for the next two years, the charges against him will be dismissed, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The ruling came today after Daniel Hunt agreed to plead guilty to assault and battery for his role in the incident, in which a BC student was smashed so hard in the face he had to have his jaw wired shut for three weeks and have metal plates permanently installed in his jaw and cheek.
Suffolk County prosecutors had asked Judge Rosalind Miller to find Hunt guilty. Miller instead continued Hunt's case without a finding for two years, which means the charge will be formally dismissed if he doesn't get in more trouble.
Miller did agree with prosecutors that Hunt - who in his sober life is a cop in Haddon Heights, NJ - be ordered to pay $2,618.67 towards the victim's expenses related to his injuries, stay away from the victim and take periodic alcohol and drug tests to ensure he remains alcohol and drug-free. She also ordered him to to perform 100 hours of community service.
The man charged with actually punching out the student, Ian Salerno, of Philadelphia, is scheduled for trial in February, the DA's office reports.
According to the DA's office, a drunken Hunt and some pals up from the Philadelphia area were in a Boylston Street bar on Jan. 19 for a night on the town, which might have ended around 2 a.m. due to the Commonwealth's bar laws, except they decided to extend the evening at a nearby Domino's:
In an altercation captured on the eatery’s security camera, an intoxicated Hunt approached the victim and initiated a verbal confrontation. Hunt then pushed the victim, leading to a physical altercation.
During the course of that altercation, another member of Hunt’s group punched the victim and knocked him to the ground, causing serious injuries to the victim’s jaw and face. The victim was transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he underwent surgery to treat his injuries.