, Salem, MA

July 12, 2013

Man admits assault on 90-year-old clerk


---- — SALEM — Three days after a Salem Superior Court judge sent Avery Heard to state prison for up to 10 years for violating his probation by beating a 90-year-old store clerk, another judge handed down his punishment.

Avery Heard will serve a concurrent 21/2 year term after pleading guilty to assault and battery on a person over 60 during a hearing yesterday in Salem District Court.

Last April, Heard was arrested after he attempted to buy beer at 5:45 a.m. and was told he could not do so until 8 a.m.

Heard punched 90-year-old Steve Ingemi. Ingemi, whose father started the business, Steve’s Quality Market, and who still works part time, took a swing at the back of Heard’s head. Heard turned around and knocked him over.

At the time, Heard was on probation after serving five to six years for a robbery and assault in Lynn. The Superior Court judge on Monday, after viewing surveillance video of the incident, found that Heard had violated that probation and imposed a one- to 10-year prison term.

Yesterday, the District Court judge accepted a plea agreement that called for Heard to serve the maximum available sentence in that court, 21/2 years, at the same time as he is doing the prison time.

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