Tilden Brothers Found Guilty Of Assault And Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury
The jury deliberated for about 10 hours over two days before returning its verdict, following the week-long trial. The brothers were taken into custody immediately upon the verdict being rendered, and will be sentenced by Judge Howard J. Whitehead on October 6.
A third defendant, Drew Everett, 22, of 70 Brook Street, Haverhill, had pleaded guilty to assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, and unarmed robbery on May 26 of this year. Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley sentenced him to two years in state prison, to be followed by three years of probation upon his release.
Essex Assistant District Attorney Greg Friedholm presented evidence to the jury that shortly after midnight on September 1, 2008, Everett and Jordan Tilden had been in a fight on Washington Street with an individual the victim was with. The victim had actually left the area prior to the fight.
Jordan Tilden was slashed across the arm with a beer bottle during that altercation. After the fight, the Tildens and Everett went looking for the man who inflicted the wound, but instead happened upon the victim several blocks away. They severely beat the 38-year-old victim, who suffered a fractured eye socket and other injuries.
The defendants then took the victim's cell phone and wallet. Police received a 911 call from a resident who saw the beating, and the Tildens and Everett were arrested about a block away. The victim, a Haverhill resident, has since recovered from his injuries.
Prosecutor Friedholm praised the work of the Haverhill Police Department, and that of Victim/Witness Advocate Jay Flynn.
The Tildens were represented by Attorneys Milton "Ted" Cranney and Joseph Chancellor.