Mal­let at­tack draws jail

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @mont­co­court­news on Twit­ter

A Dou­glass (Mont.) man, who at­tacked a rel­a­tive with a meat mal­let dur­ing a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance, re­port­edly while un­der the in­flu­ence of metham­phetamine, is headed to jail.

Shawn M. Hil­bert, 22, of the first block of Congo Road, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court to 11½ to 23 months in the county jail af­ter he pleaded guilty to charges of ag­gra­vated as­sault, pos­sess­ing in­stru­ments of crime and pos­sess­ing drug para­pher­na­lia in con­nec­tion with the April 2018 in­ci­dent at his res­i­dence.

Judge Risa Vetri Fer­man, who ac­cepted a plea agree­ment in the case, also or­dered Hil­bert to com­plete 13 years of pro­ba­tion fol­low­ing pa­role, mean­ing Hil­bert will be un­der court su­per­vi­sion for about 15 years. The judge or­dered Hil­bert to un­dergo a drug and al­co­hol eval­u­a­tion and to com­ply with all rec­om­men­da­tions for treat­ment.

Dou­glass (Mont.) po­lice were dis­patched to the Congo Road res­i­dence about 1:36 a.m. April 13 for a re­port of a do­mes­tic as­sault in progress and a male vic­tim “bleed­ing from the head, face and hands due to the as­sault,” ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint. Hil­bert was iden­ti­fied as the at­tacker and he fled from the res­i­dence on foot af­ter the as­sault, po­lice said.

The vic­tim, a rel­a­tive of Hil­bert’s, told po­lice the as­sault oc­curred af­ter he ar­rived home af­ter tak­ing Hil­bert to a friend’s home to re­trieve his wal­let.

“(The vic­tim) ad­vised that the de­fen­dant was un­der the in­flu­ence of metham­phetamine and be­came in­creas­ingly up­set at not be­ing able to se­cure his wal­let and his money,” Dou­glass (Mont.) Po­lice Of­fi­cer An­drew Poux al­leged in the ar­rest af­fi­davit. “Shawn went into the base­ment of the res­i­dence, con­tin­ued to be­come more ag­i­tated and came back into the drive­way en­raged.”

The vic­tim re­port­edly told Hil­bert to calm down so as not to cre­ate a noise dis­tur­bance and at that time Hil­bert picked up a plas­tic snow shovel and struck the vic­tim in the face “with enough force to break the shovel and cause him to bleed,” ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit. Hil­bert caused enough of a dis­tur­bance to awaken oth­ers at the res­i­dence, who came to the vic­tim’s aid, po­lice said.

The vic­tim re­treated in­side the res­i­dence.

“Shawn then fol­lowed him in­side the home, en­tered the kitchen and re­moved from the kitchen drawer a sil­ver and black meat mal­let,” Poux al­leged. “As (the vic­tim) at­tempted to exit the home, Shawn struck him in the left side of the back of the head with enough force to cause a gouge and ad­di­tional bleed­ing.

“Due to the force of the blow (the vic­tim) stated he fell to the ground out of the door­way. As he at­tempted to brace him­self he sus­tained ad­di­tional cuts and scrapes to his left hand caus­ing him to bleed fur­ther,” Poux added.

An uniden­ti­fied friend at­tempted to re­strain Hil­bert from fur­ther in­jur­ing the vic­tim while the vic­tim grabbed a phone to call 911, po­lice said. Hil­bert then fled from the home prior to po­lice ar­riv­ing.

When po­lice searched Hil­bert’s base­ment liv­ing quar­ters they found a dig­i­tal scale con­tain­ing sus­pected metham­phetamine residue and eight clear bags - com­monly used for pack­ag­ing nar­cotics - that con­tained sus­pected metham­phetamine residue, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

Un­der state law, by plead­ing guilty to ag­gra­vated as­sault Hil­bert ad­mit­ted that he at­tempted to cause or know­ingly or in­ten­tion­ally caused bod­ily in­jury to an­other per­son with a deadly weapon, specif­i­cally the meat mal­let and snow shovel.

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