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October 17, 2013

Salem man gets probation in beating of girlfriend, dog


When the woman’s dog began to bark, Rivera kicked the animal.

“This is a severe beating, a vicious beating,” said Collins, the prosecutor.

Thomas Pierce, who represented Rivera, said his client had no significant prior record and urged the judge to continue the case without a finding, to “give Mr. Rivera a chance to turn his life around.”

The 38 days he’s been held, after being deemed a danger to the woman, has been a wake-up call for Rivera, said his lawyer.

But when Nestor suggested that the only disposition he would consider involved a guilty finding and probation, Rivera agreed to accept that.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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