New Jersey native
sentenced in city beating
WILKES-BARRE — New Jersey native Kevin T. Noel begged a judge on Monday to consider that his brutal beating of another man in the city last year is not a reflection of his true character.
Judge David W. Lupas sent him to prison.
Noel, 36, of Wilkes-Barre, pleaded guilty to one count of felony aggravated assault for the Aug. 13 attack that left Walter Savage bruised, battered and vomiting blood after a backyard attack on North Washington Street.
Savage stood trembling in court Monday as the man who brutalized him defended himself before the penalty was handed down.
According to a police affidavit, Savage told paramedics that Noel told him “he was the reason his girlfriend was put in jail yesterday and that’s why he beat him.”
A witness told police he saw Noel come up to Savage and start beating on him unexpectedly, according to the affidavit.
Savage suffered extensive injuries that required surgery. Noel must pay $600 to Savage and $76,350 to Geisinger Health System.
Lupas sentenced Noel to one year less one day to two years less two days. That means the assailant can apply for parole as soon he reaches his minimum — noting also that Noel gets credit for time served from Aug. 14 until Monday, or nearly 10 months.
Noel was ordered to have no contact with Savage.