Dorchester man sentenced for 2013 Hyannis assault

Jonathan R. Vaughn will serve six years for assaulting someone over 60 and a police officer

Jonathan R. Vaughn will be serving six years behind bars following the outcome of a Barnstable County Superior Court trial on October 7. According to a release from Cape & Island District Attorney Michael O'Keefe's Office, Vaughn, 28, of Dorchester, was found guilty of assault and battery on a person over 60-years-old, aggravated assault and battery with serious bodily injury and assault and battery on a  police officer. 

The charges stemmed from two separate incidents on September 7, 2013. According to the DA, the first incident occured in a Bearse's Way parking lot in Hyannis. Vaughn reportedly thought a 66-year-old man had hit his friend's dog with his truck. Vaughn punched the man with such force, he broke bones in the man's face in three places. The assault caused permanent physical damage, the release said. 

After being arrested and transported to the Barnstable Police Station for processing, Vaughn punched a Barnstable police officer in the head. 

On Friday, Judge Robert Rufo sentenced Vaughn to six years. Vaughn received four years to four years and one day at MCI Cedar Junction for assaulting the man in the truck and 2 years in the Barnstable County House of Correction for assaulting the police officer. The jail sentence is to be served "from and after" the state prison sentence, the release said.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Sharon J. Thibeault. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on