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January 23, 2014

Duncan man guilty in beating of mom’s boyfriend

DUNCAN — A Duncan man was found guilty Wednesday of aggravated assault and battery for beating his mother’s boyfriend.

Zachary Cantwell, 23, denied  he struck  the first blow in the altercation, but admitted he couldn’t stop beating Zane Maner, 68, after the older man was knocked to the ground.

“You can’t stop a train,” tesified Cantwell, dressed in jeans and a black T-shirt.

The jury recommended 18 months  imprisonment after deliberating four hours.

Formal sentencing will be Feb. 28.

The fight stemmed from a dispute on Dec. 7, 2012, about motorcycle title,  according to testimony.

During questioning on Wednesday, Cantwell said he didn’t love his mother any more after she testified against him in court.

Maner, 68, remembered little about the fight. He suffered skull fractures and now walks with a cane.

Cantwell, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan,  told jurors  he suffered from anxiety and that he and his mother had sought treatment for the problem after he returned from duty.

Susan Cantwell told jurors she was afraid of her son and had asked her boyfriend to accompany her to her son’s house on the night the fight erupted.

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