Connecticut man gets 60 days for beach assault

Alexander J. Daignault, 20, of Bethel, Connecticut was sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to an assault and robbery on an Oak Bluffs beach last summer, described by the prosecutor as an unprovoked ambush.

Dukes County Superior Court Associate Justice Tina Page sentenced Mr. Daignault to two years in jail, with 60 days to be served, with the balance suspended for three years’ probation on the plea for unarmed robbery, and three years’ probation for the aggravated assault plea. The judge ordered Mr. Daugnault to pay $583 in restitution to the victim, 19 year old Jessie Sannicandro of Oak Bluffs.

Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Laura Marshard outlined the facts of the case. She said Mr. Daignault was among a group of young men who traveled to the Island for the July 4th holiday. They were drinking heavily late in the evening, when they attacked two men. “Mr. Sannicandro was struck in the face, causing him to lose consciousness for about ten minutes,” Ms. Marshard said. “Mr. Sannicandro was completely ambushed and surprised by the attack.”

In sentencing arguments, Ms. Marshard asked Judge Page to impose a two- to three-year sentence. Defense attorney Peter Boyle asked for probation, without jail time.

“I’ve got to tell you,” Judge Page said to Mr. Boyle, “what concerns me here is the level of violence. He didn’t even know your client. Did your client just walk up on this kid and start whaling?”

Mr. Boyle said it was his understanding that there was some communication between the two groups before that attack, and that both groups were drinking.

The second defendant in this case will be tried separately next week. Trevor Byrn, 18 at the time of his arrest last summer, is accused of attacking another man with a rock that night. He faces assault and robbery charges.