Two men admit roles in frying pan attack
By Eric Blaisdell
STAFF WRITER | May 21,2013
BARRE — Two men have admitted their roles in an attack on a man with a frying pan over a drug debt in August, while a warrant has been issued for a third for failing to appear for his sentencing in the case.
In Washington County criminal court in Barre on Monday, Dylan C. Dukette, 21, of Berlin, pleaded guilty to simple assault and felony unlawful restraint. He was given a five-year deferred sentence. Dukette will be on probation for five years and, if he successfully completes that term of probation, the convictions will be expunged from his record.
If Dukette fails to complete probation, he would return to court for another sentencing, where he could face the maximum of 16 years in prison for the charges. He was also sentenced to perform 150 hours of community service.
Michael J. Lucey Jr., 20, of Berlin, was given a one-year deferred sentence for simple assault as well as 40 hours of community service. Lucey pleaded guilty to the charge in February.
David D. Billings, 26, of Berlin, was to have been sentenced Monday on convictions for simple assault and felony unlawful restraint. However, he did not show up, so a warrant was issued for his arrest. Billings previously agreed to a sentence of 10 days to one year for the simple assault, a five-year deferred sentence for unlawful restraint and 150 hours of community service.
As part of pleading guilty, the three men agreed the police affidavit was accurate.
According to that affidavit, 29-year-old Shane Moody, who did not have a hometown listed, was picked up in a vehicle by Billings and Dukette and taken to Billings’ apartment. Moody told police Billings then jumped on his back, grabbed him by the throat and started strangling him. Police said Dukette started strangling Moody “with everything he had” as Lucey helped restrain Moody so Billings could hit him in the head with a frying pan.
Dukette and Lucey then sat Moody on a chair, tied his hands behind his back with a rope, and bound his foot to the chair with a belt before Billings punched Moody in the face, according to the affidavit.
After the beating, police said, Lucey cleaned the blood off Moody and the three took him, still bound, to Berlin Pond Road and dropped him off after untying his hands.
Deputy State’s Attorney Kristin Wood said Monday that Moody admitted to her he “conned” Billings out of money for a drug deal and was supportive of the sentences for the three men.
Neither Dukette nor Lucey has any previous convictions. Billings has a driving under the influence conviction in August 2010.