Three found guilty in Fourth of July beating

From CDT staff reportsSeptember 30, 2013 

Three Centre County men were found guilty Monday in the beating of a man in front of his family after the Central PA 4th Fest in 2012.

Christopher Stout and Charles Stout, brothers, and Joshua Carovinci were found guilty in a non-jury trial in front of Judge Thomas King Kistler, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

The Stouts were found guilty of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. Carovinci was found guilty of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief and harassment.

The incident stems from a flare-up after the fireworks at the festival in State College in which the victim and his family were trying to leave a parking lot near Beaver Stadium on the Penn State campus when the three men walked in front of the victim’s truck. Charles Stout stopped in front of the truck, then leaned on it. The victim rolled down his window to ask Charles Stout to move. The three men then began taunting the family, which included the victim’s 12-year-old daughter, then Carovinci began kicking the truck, causing more than $1,000 in damages, according to the release.

The victim got out of the truck to get the men’s names and was attacked, the release states. He was punched and kicked repeatedly by the three men until another Stout family member broke up the attack, according to the release. The victim suffered a broken wrist, bruises and abrasions.

All three men will be sentenced Nov. 26.

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