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Assault Sentencing

EUGENE, Ore — An emotional morning in court, when one of two men involved in the beating of a Eugene man was sentenced for felony assault.

Mahlon Jackson will serve three years probation, an additional 20 days in jail and he has to repay all the medical bills of the victim, Bill McNamara, who was badly beaten in the lobby of his apartment complex in July 2012.

Jackson apologized Monday, saying the act was out of his character.

McNamara says it’s time to move forward.

“I”m already moving forward. I’m already starting my life. You’re not going to slow me down. Nobody’s going to slow me down. You know the only person that could slow me down in this great world is death itself,” said McNamara.

McNamara suffered brain bleeding and a fractured skull.

The second attacker, Nicholas Whaley, was supposed to be sentenced Monday.

But his sentencing has moved to January 16th, because prosecutors say he broke his deal with the district attorney, by getting involved in a separate recent alleged assault.

He could spend six years in prison for his part in the crime.

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