PARIS – A 40-year-old man was sentenced to serve six months in jail on Wednesday after pleading guilty to severely beating a man outside the Rumford Veterans of Foreign Wars hall last year.

Clifford L. Gammon Jr., of 206 Cumberland St. in Rumford, pleaded in Oxford County Superior Court to aggravated assault and aggravated criminal mischief. A second charge of aggravated assault was dismissed.

Justice Andrew Horton sentenced Gammon to serve six months of an 18-month sentence, as well as three years of probation. Gammon will begin his sentence April 3.

Gammon was charged with severely beating Rumford resident David Tucker, now 60, outside VFW Post 1641 on Cumberland Street in May. Police said the men knew each other and that both had been drinking.

Tucker was treated for facial injuries and released from Rumford Hospital after Gammon beat him unconscious with his hands and feet during an argument, police said.

Gammon was indicted in October. The aggravated criminal mischief charge accused Gammon of destroying Tucker’s dentures, valued at $3,500, and his glasses, valued at $400, in the assault.

While on probation, Gammon must not use or possess alcohol or illegal drugs, must undergo substance abuse counseling, have no direct or indirect contact with Tucker, and pay Tucker $818 in restitution.



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