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April 19, 2013

Police: Man, denied beer, punches elderly clerk

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Prosniewski said it’s likely Heard will face more time behind bars for the assault on Ingemi, given his long record.

Heard’s lawyer, Sean Wynne, argued that the situation was a misunderstanding and that Heard told him he was trying to buy orange juice, not beer.

Wynne said Heard was returning to the store to try to sort things out when he was arrested.

The lawyer also said Heard, who is married and the father of a child, is on Social Security Disability Income for a “learning disability.”

Heard’s mental competency was raised as an issue during the Lynn robbery case, according to court records, but he was ultimately found competent to stand trial.

Salem District Court Judge Michael Lauranzano ordered Heard held on $25,000 cash bail yesterday during Heard’s arraignment and ordered that if he makes bail, he must stay away from Steve’s Quality Market, Ingemi and the witnesses.

Heard has a couple of court appearances next month. On May 6, a Superior Court judge will decide whether he has violated his probation in the Lynn case, and on May 10, he’s due back in District Court for a pretrial hearing in the assault case.

Peter Ingemi said he doesn’t expect that the incident will deter his father from continuing to open the store each morning.

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

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