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December 13, 2013
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Toots attacker gets six months - Despite singer's plea
André Williams, STAR Writer


Toots Hibbert - File

The Virginia man accused of throwing a bottle that hit and injured Reggae star Toots Hibbert during a concert last May will spend six months in prison.

According to www.washingtonpost.com, William Connor Lewis, 20, of Henrico County, pleaded guilty to misdemeanour assault and battery yesterday in Richmond Circuit Court and also apologised for the incident.

Judge Margaret P. Spencer sentenced Lewis to 12 months' imprisonment, and then suspended six months of the term.

The website said Lewis was scheduled to stand trial on a malicious wounding charge, but opted for a guilty plea at a lesser charge.

Hibbert, the leader of Toots and the Maytals, was hit in the head by a vodka bottle while performing at a concert in Richmond. Hibbert filed a $21 million lawsuit against Lewis and a $20 million lawsuit against Venture Richmond and Sports Backers for alleging inadequate security at the concert.

Hibbert was not in court. His lawyer said he is not medically fit to make the flight from Jamaica.

A letter written by Hibbert and read in court stated: "In spite of this, it is my faith that leads me to implore this court not to put William Conner Lewis in jail.

He is a young man and I have heard what happens to young men in jail. My own pain and suffering would be increased substantially knowing that this young man would face that prospect".

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