GLOUCESTER — A 49-year-old Gloucester man arrested Sept. 5 on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, was found guilty and was sentenced to two years in Middleton Jail following a bench trial Monday in Gloucester District Court.

Leonard J. Richard of Pleasant Street pleaded guilty to the charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and the court dismissed additional charges of assault and battery and possession of a Class B substance at the state’s request.

During the Sept. 5 incident, Richard struck a woman in the elbow with coffee mug full of milk, jabbed his finger in her eye, forced her to the ground, choked her, and bit her left middle finger, according to a police report.

Richard has already served 102 days of the two-year sentence, pronounced by Judge Joseph Jennings.

A 32-year-old Gloucester man received a sentence including 180 days in jail for charges of his second drunken driving offense, after he entered a guilty plea Friday for the May incident.

Nathan Fanning of Friend Street will also enter a 14-day alcohol education program, was ordered to pay $250 in fees and will lose his license for two years.

Fanning had been arrested in May after causing a Western Avenue car accident while driving drunk.

Reach Marjorie Nesin reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or

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