Former MMA fighter found guilty of beating NY police officer

Thursday October 20th, 2016

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — A former mixed martial arts fighter has been convicted of assaulting an upstate New York police officer who suffered a fractured skull while trying to arrest the man.

A jury deliberated less than three hours Wednesday before finding 33-year-old James Hilton of Lake George guilty of a felony assault charge for the August 2015 attack that left Schenectady Police Officer Mark Weekes with serious injuries.

Authorities say Hilton was drunk on a Schenectady street when Weekes attempted to take him into custody. Hilton attacked the officer, punching him more than two dozen times and fracturing his skull.

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The jury rejected Hilton's defense lawyer's claims that he suffers post-traumatic stress disorder from his service with the Marines in Iraq.

Hilton faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced Dec. 2.

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