BOSTON, Sept. 23, 2013—A Swampscott man was sentenced to prison today after he was convicted of biting off part of his former business partner’s nose during a gruesome fight outside a Revere restaurant, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury last week found KENNETH MICHAUD (D.O.B. 10/8/71) guilty of mayhem and assault and battery causing serious bodily injury for the 2012 incident. Today, Assistant District Attorney Lauren Greene of the DA’s Major Felony Bureau recommended that he serve five to seven years in prison followed by three years of probation.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Kimberly Budd imposed a prison sentence of three to five years and three years of probation, during which time Michaud must undergo substance abuse evaluation and any treatment deemed necessary, remain alcohol-free, receive anger management counseling, stay away and have no contact with the victim, and pay restitution.
On May 2, 2012, Michaud and his business partner, a 43-year-old Revere man, met at a Revere restaurant to discuss dissolving their auto sales business. The men became involved in a verbal argument, the evidence showed, and both left the restaurant shortly before 11:00 p.m. Once outside, Michaud wrapped his arm around the victim’s neck and dragged him behind the restaurant.
Michaud punched the victim repeatedly in the face and strangled him until he could be heard gasping for air by a witness. During the course of the beating, Michaud threatened the victim and claimed to be a member of the Hell’s Angels.
He then bit off the tip of the victim’s nose before the man was able to escape into the restaurant, where he collapsed.
The victim underwent two surgeries to reattach the part of his nose that had been ripped off and suffered migraines, blurred vision, and dizziness as a result of the attack.
Michael Coffey was the DA’s assigned victim witness advocate. Michaud was represented by Gary Zerola.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.