BARRE — Police say a Granite City man attacked someone with a hatchet.
Lucian D. Stamper, 45, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Washington County criminal court to a felony count of aggravated assault with a weapon. If convicted, Stamper faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. He was released on conditions including that he not have or use any dangerous or deadly weapons.
In an affidavit, Barre City Police Officer Michael Reale said the victim called police Friday to report Stamper had hit him in the arm with a hatchet. Reale said he went to the victim’s home and could see the victim’s right arm was bleeding. He said the victim’s arm was also red and swollen.
Reale said he spoke with Stamper, who reported the victim and he had gotten into an argument and the victim punched him in the head, splitting his lip. Stamper told Reale the victim had been blocking a television he was trying to watch. Stamper reported the victim would not move out of the way when asked.
Stamper told Reale he was defending himself and didn’t know how the victim got his injuries. Reale said Stamper was taken into custody and a hatchet found in his room was seized as evidence.
A witness told Reale he had seen the hatchet in Stamper’s hand and Stamper had held the hatchet over his head. The witness reported Stamper had also headbutted the victim so Stamper could watch television, according to court records.
The victim gave police a sworn statement saying Stamper had hit him three times with the blunt end of the hatchet.
Reale said Stamper had potentially broken the victim’s arm and the victim possibly had muscle damage that was consistent with being hit by a blunt object.