June 14, 2015
A Haverhill man who beat another man so severely that the victim is still in a wheelchair, cannot use his right arm, and eats through a feeding tube nearly two years later has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.
Rodney McCray was sentenced Tuesday after he was convicted in Salem Superior Court of assault and battery with dangerous weapons and causing serious bodily injury.
Prosecutors say the August 2013 attack on Jesse Downs on a Haverhill street was completely random and unprovoked. They say McCray and an associate kicked and punched the now 32-year-old Downs and slammed his head to the pavement.
McCray’s lawyer said the attack was “impulsive” and his client did not intend to hurt Downs.
The other man involved in the attack has pleaded guilty.