Quincy Man Charged with Massachusetts Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon Says He Acted in Self-Defense

According to Column J. Flaherty’s Boston criminal defense attorney, his 62-year-old client was acting in self-defense when he stabbed another man with a folding knife. Flaherty, who pleaded not guilty to Massachusetts assault and battery with a dangerous weapon over the Dorchester stabbing, was released on $500 cash bail.

Suffolk prosecutors say that Flaherty and a North Reading man were involved in a fender bender on Monday afternoon. After the two of them of them pulled over to exchange information, a third driver, another Quincy man named Michael J. McDevitt, also pulled over his auto. McDevitt, who had gotten stuck in traffic because of the collision, reportedly got out of his car, went to Flaherty’s auto, opened the vehicle door, and started hitting him. Flaherty then pulled out his folding knife and stabbed McDevitt in the arm. The latter is also expected to face criminal charges.

Massachusetts Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon
This is a serious crime and one that comes with either a 2 ½ year maximum sentence in a county house of corrections if the case is heard in district court or a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if the case goes to superior court. However, depending on other factors, such as whether the victim was pregnant or had a restraining order against the defendant or a massive injury was involved, the sentence upon conviction could be lengthier.

To convict someone of this crime, the district attorney has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intentionally touched someone without just cause or right and that a dangerous weapon was used to make contact. A dangerous weapon can be any object or instrument that was used in a potentially dangerous manner or any weapon that is considered inherently dangerous regardless of whether or not it was used in a dangerous fashion.

Quincy man stabbed in road rage incident allegedly threw punch first, Patriot Ledger, November 9, 2010
Man was ‘scared to death’ during Dorchester road rage incident, his attorney says, Boston.com, November 9, 2010

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