BARRE — Police say a Granite City man took part in an assault.

Michael C. Markham, 29, pleaded not guilty last week in Washington County criminal court in Barre to a felony count of aiding in the commission of a felony via aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of simple assault and violating an abuse prevention order. If convicted, Markham faces a maximum sentence of 17 years in prison. He was ordered held without bail at Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury.

Officer Amos Gaylord, of the Barre City police, said in his affidavit an altercation was reported on Fairview Street May 1. Gaylord said he arrived on the scene and found the victim lying on the floor semi-conscious. He said the victim smelled heavily of alcohol and appeared to have a bloody nose.

Gaylord spoke to a witness who told him the victim had gotten into an argument with a male and had taken a swing at the male. Gaylord said he spoke with the male who reported he was a friend of the victim’s and didn’t want to talk about the incident. He said the male also appeared intoxicated.

Several days later Gaylord said the victim contacted him about the incident. The victim told Gaylord he had suffered several broken ribs and a fractured nasal cavity as a result of the altercation. Gaylord said the victim had bruises on his face.

In a sworn statement, the victim told police he and the male had been drinking and got into an argument. He told police the male stood up and hit him in the head and knocked him out. The victim told police Markham was also there and witnesses told him when the victim went to the ground Markham proceeded to kick him in the back and in the face.

Gaylord said the victim knew what happened that night, despite being knocked unconscious, because a witness had told him via text message. He showed Gaylord the text messages where a witness said Markham had been “fighting dirty,” according to court records.

Gaylord said he then spoke with Markham who admitted to being involved in the incident. He told Gaylord the victim had come at him so he hit the victim. He told Gaylord someone else stomped on the victim when he was on the ground.

Gaylord said he attempted to cite the man who initially hit the victim but he was unable to. The male doesn’t have any active court cases currently so the Times Argus is not identifying him at this time.

For the violation of an abuse prevention order charge Markham faces, Gaylord said when he located Markham to talk to him about the assault he found him with a woman whom he has been barred from having contact with.

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