Porn star pleads no contest in beating case

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August 22 2003 12:00 AM ET

A man has pleaded no contest to assaulting the chairman of the Woonsocket, R.I., school committee by stomping on his face. Theodore Cox was sentenced to two years in prison through a plea agreement with prosecutors, The Call of Woonsocket reported Thursday. The 35-year-old drifter and former gay-porn star under the name Vince Cobretti could be eligible for parole in October, according to the spokesman for the state prison system. Last January, Cox allegedly kicked Edward Boucher in the head repeatedly while wearing a pair of heavy boots. He then fled in Boucher's car and was arrested two days later at a motel in Seekonk, Mass., according to police. The 65-year-old Boucher was found in his home with severe facial injuries. He required surgery for a blood clot in his brain and spent weeks recuperating in the hospital. He told The Call he doesn't remember the incident. Police said Cox lived with Boucher for about a week before the attack.

Prosecutors had charged Cox with four felonies: assault with intent to commit a specific crime, assault on a person over 60, assault with a dangerous weapon, and larceny over $500. A superior court judge agreed on August 4 to drop the first two felony charges against Cox in exchange for his plea. Cox has been detained since January. "We thought [the plea agreement] was fair to all the parties involved, and we took it," said Joseph DeCaporale, Cox's attorney.

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