2 charged in North Adams altercation claim self-defense

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) – Two North Adams men charged with using a wooden board and pipes to beat another man in a dispute over a shared kitchen say they acted in self-defense.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that 34-year-old Richard Sifton and 50-year-old Karl Barber were both held on $2,500 bail after pleading not guilty Monday to two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery causing serious bodily injury.

Police initially thought a third man was involved but that man is not facing charges.

Prosecutors say the 50-year-old victim of the Friday altercation suffered multiple fractures to his orbital bone. He was taken to an Albany hospital.

Attorneys for both suspects say it was the victim who provoked the fight by shoving Barber.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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