North Wales man sen­tenced in cane beat­ing

Gil­berto Colon, 57, pleaded guilty to beat­ing a man bloody last year

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Michael Goldberg mgold­berg@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @mgold­berg on Twit­ter

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.

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