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Two Men Sentenced To Jail Terms For Brutal Assault

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Last July, two men pled guilty to felony assault in federal court for an attack on two people that took place near the Mount Vernon Trail in March. Edwin Alexander Chavez Abrego and Antonio Benitez, both in their 20s, pled guilty to felony assault resulting in serious bodily injury. On March 19th, Abrego pushed and knocked one victim into the open flame of a campfire, causing burns to his face and body that required hospitalization for two days. During the same incident, Benitez punched and kicked a second person in the face, causing a blood clot in his brain that required hospitalization. The incident occurred on a section of the trail near Reagan National Airport and Four Mile Run. On October 31st, Abrego was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison; several weeks earlier, Benitez received an identical sentence. "The sentencing of the suspects in this horrendous crime is a culmination of the hard work and cooperation between all agencies involved," said acting assistant chief Sal Lauro, "In addition, the detectives showed compassionate and humane assistance to the victims, ensuring they received appropriate medical care as well as helping them re-establish their lives after such a tragic event.  This is the kind of police work that makes everyone proud." The case was investigated by Park Police detectives Kevin Fornshill and Michelle Ludwick in conjunction with detectives from the Alexandria City and Arlington County Police Departments.  



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