A Connecticut town official charged with punching a 70-year-old man has applied for a court program that could lead to dismissal of the charges.
The 65-year-old Dearborn is charged with misdemeanor assault on an elderly person and breach of peace in connection with the altercation with Gerald Wilcox in June.
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Police say Dearborn and Wilcox have a yearslong dispute about the zoning rules for their neighboring businesses. Wilcox, a Vietnam veteran, told police he was in the street taking pictures of Dearborn’s property when Dearborn struck him.
Dearborn has pleaded not guilty and refused to comment about the case.
A court hearing on his application is scheduled for Jan. 9.