- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 8, 2012

A D.C. man was sentenced Friday for attacking another man with a golf club during a dispute over a car blocking an exit to a parking lot, the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District said.

Clement Newton, 38, was sentenced to 2½ years in prison after pleading guilty to a felony charge in July.

Prosecutors said in a press release that the incident occurred at about 8:10 p.m. on June 11 in an apartment complex parking lot in the 5200 block of 3rd Street in Northeast. The victim, a man who was not identified, wanted to exit the parking lot in his car, but Newton’s car was blocking his path. The man asked Newton several times to move his car but he would not.

The man approached Newton in his car and punched him in the face, prosecutors said. He then walked away and stood with his back to Newton while he talked to a friend.

Newton got a golf club from his trunk and hit the man in the back of the head with the club, using what prosecutors described as a “baseball-like motion.” The man, who never saw the blow coming, fell to the ground unconscious and suffered massive head injuries. Newton put the club back in the trunk of his car and went into the apartment complex.

In addition to his prison sentence, D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert I. Richter ordered Newton to serve three years of supervised release.

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