For Immediate Release - August 05, 2014

Man Pleads Guilty to Random Attacks on Endicott College Campus

A former Endicott College sophomore pleaded guilty today in Salem Superior Court to assault charges in connection with three random attacks on his classmates last February.

Dillon Destefano, 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of Assault and Battery causing Serious Bodily Injury, Assault and Battery, and Witness Intimidation.  Judge Howard Whitehead sentenced him to a total of four years in the House of Correction followed by three of probation.  He was also ordered to stay away and have no contact with the victims and witnesses and while on probation, to remain drug and alcohol free, submit to random screens and undergo a mental health evaluation.  In addition, he was ordered to pay restitution for out of pocket medical expenses in an amount to be determined.

Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett said, “These were unprovoked random attacks on unsuspecting victims and will never be tolerated.”

Had the case gone to trial, Essex Assistant District Attorney Jay Gubitose would have introduced evidence that would have proven that during the early morning hours of February 2, 2014, Mr. Destefano had been drinking and was walking around the Endicott College campus in Beverly with two friends.  In three separate incidents, he randomly and “without provocation or warning” punched three classmates in the face.  One of his victims suffered from a shattered jaw and had to have his mouth wired shut for weeks.  The defendant shattered the orbital bones and sinus cavity of another victim and a third victim suffered from a swollen lip.  The defendant also threatened a witness not to tell anyone what he saw.

The defendant was represented by Attorneys Thomas Kiley and William Cintolo and received 181 days of credit for the time he has served.