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Apr 21, 2016 2:52 PM

Man's assault conviction upheld after Rochester bar fight

ROCHESTER —A man's assault conviction following a bar fight will stand.

Joseph Kuchman, 36 of Rochester, was found guilty in February 2014 on one count of first-degree assault after he and Joshua Texeria, of Farmington, were involved in a fight at Draught Pick Pub.

The state Supreme Court upheld Kuchman's conviction this week, according to the Foster's Daily Democrat.

The victim was an employee at the bar, and he along with the bartender asked Kuchman and Texeria to quiet down. After an argument, the manager escorted Kuchman and Texeria outside, according to reports. The victim took the trash outside a few minutes later and Kuchman and Texeira approached him and hit him with a baton that had been in Texeira's truck.

When Kuchman was found guilty, he was sentenced to 2½-to-five years of jail time, 200 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay $18,868.90 in restitution.

According to the N.H. Attorney General's office, the court decided to uphold the conviction because they found no factual errors.

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