A former bouncer at Scioli's Pizza Bar admitted that he was the primary aggressor in an incident that left two customers injured, under a plea agreement that will allow him to avoid a conviction.
The original charges — including one count of felony aggravated assault and battery — were reduced to two counts of assault and battery. One charge, relating to his shoving of one of the victims, has already been dismissed.
Paul Casasanta, 33, of Uxbridge, "admitted sufficient facts" in the case Friday, and will be placed on probation for three months. He must pay a $50 a month fine, and take an anger management class, ordered Judge Robert Calagione.
At the end of the three months, if he complies, the charges will be dismissed without a finding, said an assistant district attorney and Warren Heller, a private attorney who represented Casasanta.
Casasanta had told police he punched the two customers, according to the original complaint. Once the patrons were on the ground, unidentified people kicked at them.
The felony charge related to the extent of the injuries sustained by one customer, who had to have reconstructive surgery for his eye socket following the March 24, 2012 incident.
"Thankfully, [he] has had a full recovery," Heller said, following the case hearing Friday at Milford District Court.
Both victims were present during the hearing, and agreed with the resolution of the case, attorneys said. They did not comment during the procedings.
"Paul wishes this whole situation didn't happen," Heller said, outside the courtroom.
As a result of the March 24 incident, Milford Selectmen held a hearing on the liquor license issued to Scioli's, and voted 2-0 to suspend the license for three weeks, and ordered a six-month reduction in alcohol serving hours.