Ex-Tewksbury wrestling champ escapes jail time in assault

Broc Dokos in Lowell District Court Tuesday.
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LOWELL — Former Tewksbury High School wrestling champion Broc Dokos avoided jail time Tuesday as he admitted to sufficient facts for a guilty finding in a 2016 assault case in which he broke another teen’s jaw and facial bones.

Dokos, 19, who moved from Tewksbury to Lawrence as a result of the case against him, was charged with assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and assault and battery in connection with the July 3 assault at a house party in Tewksbury.

Dokos admitted there was enough evidence to convict him of those charges, and Judge Thomas Brennan continued both charges without a finding for two years, and ordered Dokos to spend those two years on probation.

If Dokos stays out of trouble for those two years the charges will be dismissed.

Dokos must stay away from and have no contact with the victim, Stephen Bonugli, 19, of Tewksbury, according to court records. Dokos must also abstain from drugs and alcohol, get anger-management counseling, and perform 100 hours of community service.

Brennan did not order jail time for Dokos despite a request from Assistant District Attorney Gregory Galizio that Dokos be sentenced to a year in jail. Galizio cited the severity of Bonugli’s injuries, which included a broken jaw, a broken eye socket, and a fractured sinus cavity.

Defense Attorney Lynda Dantas submitted at least nine letters to the court from people vouching for Dokos’ character, as well as a lengthy memorandum that detailed cyberbullying against Dokos that prompted the attack despite claims from prosecutors that it was…

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