(Jan. 22, 2021) Marcus Butler, 27, of Cambridge, who was among five men charged in a Boardwalk beating in June that left the victim with permanent physical injuries and lasting psychological trauma, appeared for a status hearing last Friday in Worcester Circuit Court.
Butler faces charges including first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, theft under $1,500 and pubic consumption of alcohol.
Butler’s attorney Andrew Illuminati asked Judge Brian Shockley to reschedule the hearing in roughly five weeks as details are being fleshed out for a potential plea deal with state prosecutors.
Butler was among a group of up to 10 people who attacked a man on June 9 about 10:15 p.m. on the Boardwalk near 11th Street.
Already sentenced for the altercation is Marquis Demby, 22, of Lincoln, Delaware, who was also implicated in a June 9 stabbing on the Boardwalk near 15th Street. Demby was sentenced for the attack and received a 10-year prison term for second-degree assault on Nov. 23.
Additionally, Davione Cephas, 20, of Cambridge was sentenced last month to serve six years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree assault. He also will serve three-years of probation upon release
Two additional suspects, both residents of Cambridge, are still facing charges of reckless endangerment, along with first- and second-degree assault. Orlando Nichols Jr., 20, has a motion hearing on Jan. 27, and Xavier Spence, 19, has a jury trial on March 3.
During Cephas’ sentencing hearing, prosecutor Paul Haskell presented two videos of the Boardwalk melee, including footage that was posted on YouTube and later discovered online by police.
Videos revealed the victim was struck in the head with a skateboard that caused two cuts to his right temple, along with swollen eyes and severe shoulder damage.
Haskell also presented a videotaped victim impact statement in which the man recollects details of the gang attack.
“I was hit so hard with an object that I thought it was a 2x4,” he said. “I don’t remember much after that.”