Warren man guilty of lesser charges for assault incident

A Warren man was found guilty in a split decision during a jury trial held on July 2.

According to a release from the district attorney’s office, Brian Jeffrey Knisley, 407 Taft Place, Warren, was found guilty of misdemeanor counts of simple assault and criminal mischief and was found not guilty of felony burglary and felony criminal trespass.

The simple assault charge of which he was found guilty was amended after he was originally charged with aggravated assault.

Two additional counts, simple assault and harassment, were dismissed before trial.

According to the release, the simple assault charge stemmed from an incident that occurred on Dec. 13, 2012 when Knisley allegedly “struck the victim…in the head, causing the victim to lose consciousness and repeatedly struck the victim in the head while the victim was unconscious.” The criminal mischief charge alleged that Knisley “did scratch the driver’s side door of the victim’s van, with an unknown object causing scrapes in the paint.

President Judge Maureen Skerda presided over the trial. Elizabeth Feronti, first assistant district attorney, prosecuted the case and Robert Kinnear was Knisley’s defense attorney.