Nashua man sentenced to time served in 2016 beating

Telegraph photo by DEAN SHALHOUP Michael Pavlas, right, and his attorney, Joseph Fricano, listen to Judge Charles Temple impose Pavlas's sentence Monday at a hearing on a second-degree assault charge from 2016. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail, all but time served suspended for two years.

NASHUA – Michael Pavlas was dealt an “extremely lenient sentence” on Monday, a day on which “the cards fell right” for the 27-year-old Nashua man, according to the Superior Court judge who imposed the sentence.

Pavlas, last known address of 10 Linjay Circle, entered a guilty plea to a Class B felony charge of second-degree assault in exchange for a 12-month jail sentence, all suspended for two years, except for the roughly eight months of time he’s already served.

The agreement calls for Pavlas to be credited with 126 days of time served, which is the portion of the sentence that is suspended, according to the documents.

Other terms of the agreement require Pavlas to remain on good behavior, serve two years of probation and participate in any counseling, treatment or educational programs as recommended by probation officials.

He is also to have no contact with the victim, and obtain an anger management evaluation.

A second charge – first-degree assault, Class A felony – was dropped as part of the agreement.

The incident that led to Pavlas’s arrest occurred around 2 a.m. Nov. 17, 2016, when he and another man were accused of assaulting a man in the area of 127 Chestnut Street.

Police said at the time officers arrived to find an unconscious male “who appeared to have received multiple injuries … (and) was treated at a local hospital before being transported to a Boston hospital for further treatment.”

Pavlas was indicted in 2017 on the first-degree and second-degree assault charges, which accused him of striking the victim repeatedly in the head and torso, causing fractures to the victim’s eye, nose, jaw and ribs, according to the indictments.

Pavlas’s attorney, Joseph Fricano, told Judge Charles Temple at Monday’s hearing that his client “has learned a hard lesson,” and that he “has matured quite a bit since he went to jail eight months ago.

“Hopefully, with treatment, this will never happen again,” Fricano said.

Assistant County Attorney Lisa Drescher, who prosecuted the case, said she had been in contact with the victim, but he “didn’t have specific input” into the plea agreement.

“His wishes are unclear,” she said, adding that she has been unable to reach him recently.

Temple, in citing the leniency of the sentence, told Pavlas he “cannot do vigilante justice,” an indication the assault may have been an attempt at settling a score.

Temple asked Pavlas about his family: “You have three children, correct?” “Yes your honor,” Pavlas replied.

“You can’t take care of them wearing an orange suit,” Temple said, referring to the standard issue wardrobe worn by prisoners.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.

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