North Wales man sentenced in cane beating
Gilberto Colon, 57, pleaded guilty to beating a man bloody last year
A 57-yearold North Wales man has been sentenced to four years of probation after he pleaded guilty to beating another man with his cane last year, court records show.
Gilberto Albelo Colon, of the 100 block of Elm Avenue, appeared in Montgomery County court and pleaded guilty to second-degree misdemeanor counts of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person in connection with the February 2016 incident.
Colon was sentenced to two years of probation on each count, to be served consecutively, and was ordered to have no contact with the victim in the case, records indicate.
Prosecutors dropped an additional count of simple assault and a summary harassment charge as part of Colon’s plea agreement.
Authorities said in an affidavit of probable cause that cops were dispatched to Colon’s apartment shortly after midnight on Feb. 28 for a domestic disturbance and encountered Colon outside the residence. Inside, according to the affidavit, officers discovered a man with a large wound to his head and blood streaming down his face, and observed a trail of blood on the floor.
The victim told cops that he had been arguing with Colon when, unprovoked, Colon started beating him over the head with his cane and struck the man in the head and body several times, court documents indicate.
Police said the man stated he “was fearful of Colon and that he was afraid he was going to die,” according to the affidavit.
Colon had originally been charged with felony aggravated assault, but that charge was withdrawn last year when he waived his preliminary hearing in the matter.
Records indicate that in addition to probation, Colon was assessed more than $3,200 in court costs as part of the case disposition.