Update: Assault Case Held for Grand Jury
No plea agreement at early disposition conference.
Early disposition conferences that were scheduled for Tuesday for three borough men charged with aggravated assault in connection with an altercation that left three other borough men seriously injured ended with the cases being held for a grand jury, according to the court.
The cases against Anthony P. Albanese, 18, and Anthony Costa, 20, were listed as being held for grand jury ahead of time and their attorneys said they would not be appearing.
An early disposition conference still was scheduled for Matthew Marano, 20, which also ended up held for a grand jury.
At such conferences, the prosecutor's office could try to resolve the case through plea agreements.
Messages were left with the office of Marano's attorney, Robert Dunn.
Albanese's attorney, Peter Gilbreth, said his client's aggravated assault charge is being combined with a previous aggravated assault charge to be presented to a grand jury.
Costa's attorney, David Fassett, said the conference was adjourned and declined to comment on the case.
The incident occurred around 1:40 a.m. on May 20 near the Cook Plaza parking lot. The three injured men, two 24 years old and one 23, were taken to Morristown Medical Center after authorities responded to a report of a fight, police said. The three defendants were arrested on May 24.
According to complaints signed by a Madison police detective, two of the three alleged victims were punched while on the ground until they lost consciousness, including one who suffered a fractured skull and received four stitches, while a third suffered "numerous broken bones in his face" after he was punched and kicked while on the ground. Police have said they don't know what started the altercation.