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Va. man sentenced in bottle assault of reggae star

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 1:30pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to throwing a bottle that hit and injured reggae star Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert during a concert.

Media outlets report that 20-year-old William Connor Lewis of Henrico County pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery on Thursday in Richmond Circuit Court. He also apologized for the incident.

Judge Margaret P. Spencer sentenced Lewis to 12 months in jail, and then suspended six months of the term.

Lewis had been scheduled to stand trial Thursday on a felony malicious wounding charge

Hibbert is the leader of Toots & the Maytals. He was hit in the head by a vodka bottle while performing at a concert in Richmond in May.

Hibbert filed a $20 million lawsuit in August against several organizations alleging inadequate security at the concert.


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