Man pleads not guilty in beating of 71-year-old motorist

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WORCESTER, MASS. >> A Massachusetts man accused of pulling a 71-year-old man from his car and punching him repeatedly in the face has pleaded not guilty.

Telegram & Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1O1Obna ) 25-year-old Ryan Kobus entered the pleas Tuesday to charges of assault and battery on a person over 60 causing bodily injury and vandalism.

Police say the Leominster man was tailgating another vehicle in Barre on Sept. 12 when the other vehicle pulled over to let him pass. They say Kobus stopped and beat Walter Young, breaking his $2,000 hearing aid, while his wife and granddaughter looked on. Prosecutors called it a road rage incident.

Kobus' lawyer has said he was provoked after Young threw punches at him.

A dangerousness hearing is scheduled for Dec. 1.


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