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Alleged Attacker With Prior Conviction Remains Jailed

Morristown resident charged with alleged assault outside American Legion on Abbett Avenue.

Bail was maintained at $150,000 for a Morristown man accused of severely beating a man in front of the American Legion on Abbett Avenue two weeks ago.

Bryan Mills, 37, of Liberty Street, appeared Wednesday before Morris County Superior Court Judge Mary Gibbons Whipple via teleconference from the Morris County Detention Center following his Monday arrest. Mills has been charged with the Jan. 18 aggravated assault of an individual being publicly identified as "O.B."

The victim remains hospitalized, Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Anthony Scibetta said, relaying information from a Morristown Police Department detective that the victim had a fractured skull, broken nose and "serious and significant trauma."

The attorney told the judge Wednesday how Mills "punched, kicked and stomped the victim" and of the accused man's "significant criminal history," resulting in several years in prison for incidents in 1996 and 1998, as well as Mills' guilty plea in 2003 after he allegedly shot a man in the face over an argument about a cigarette, he said. That conviction of second-degree aggravated assault and second-degree possession of a firearm resulted in a seven-year sentence.

Mills also has several parole violations, has failed to appear in court seven times as well as outstanding charges, including contempt of court in Parsippany and owing more than $5,000 in child support, Scibetta said.

"He has not done well outside of state prison," the attorney said, indicating Mills was a "serious flight risk."

Mills, appearing via teleconference, told the judge he has lived with his parents at their Liberty Street residence for at least 25 years. He is currently unemployed, working "odd jobs" to help support his children, he said.

Mills is scheduled to again appear before the court on Feb. 14.

I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 31, 2013 at 10:03 PM
oh sockpuppet, I know you are aka cliterus. dork
John Dunphy January 31, 2013 at 11:41 PM
To clarify, the incident did not happen outside the train station. It happened outside the American Legion on Abbett Avenue, per what the Morris County Assistant Prosecutor said in the article.
SockPuppet February 01, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Reading is FUNdamental, teehee!
Yolanda Navarrete February 01, 2013 at 02:17 AM
I have to say that although I have been in Morristown and surrounding area since 1977, things have gotten progressively worse. I have come to know about assaults right outside of my office. I love Morristown. I wish I could feel safer. John, I believe in the right to carry guns. I am just not personally comfortable with it. And I could never carry it illegally because I am an attorney and doing anything illegally could cost me my law license. I understand you completely, however.
Janet Blanchard February 01, 2013 at 05:30 PM
It was not a random attack, it was between two people. Morristown is a good town, lived her all my life. Somethings are not always what they seems.

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