A Kingston Township man was arraigned on Monday on charges that he assaulted another man late last month, severely injuring him.
William Sheets, 29, pleaded not guilty to a second-degree felony count of assault and obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor.
He was arrested on Aug. 26 after a man who was running an errand returned to his home to find Paul Crego, 56, lying “in a pool of his own blood,” according to assistant prosecutor Greg Tapocsi.
Sheets is 70 pounds heavier and five inches taller than Crego, who is 5-foot-8 and weighs 130 pounds, according to a police report. Crego’s injuries include broken teeth, a fractured eye socket and a crushed larynx, prosecutors said.
Crego remained unconscious as of late last week, according to Tapocsi.
Deputies arrived on the scene shortly before 11 p.m. and arrested Sheets a short time later. Sheets, who was intoxicated, spit on deputies and used racial slurs, according to Tapocsi. Deputies said it is unclear what provoked the assault.
Sheets has two prior DUI convictions, a possession of crack cocaine conviction and has also been arrested for assaulting a police officer, Tapocsi said. He was on probation for a 2010 felony charge of cultivation of marijuana.
“It seems the defendant has an alcohol problem and also a problem with authority,” Tapocsi said.
Common Pleas Judge Everett H. Krueger scheduled a Nov. 8 trial. The judge asked Tapocsi to keep him in touch as to when Crego will be available to testify.
Sheets doesn’t clearly remember what happened the night he was arrested, said defense attorney Kingston Malley.
“My client said he was coming to the aid of Paul Crego to the best that he remembers,” Malley said.
Asked afterwards by a reporter to elaborate, Malley said he has not yet seen the evidence against Sheets, and couldn’t comment further until he did.
Sheets remains jailed on a $100,000 bond for the assault case, and a $150,000 bond for allegedly violating the terms of his 2010 probation.