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Men face years in prison after ‘vicious assault’ of man holding 4-year-old in Pine Junction bar

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Posted at 1:20 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 15:20:01-05

GOLDEN, Colo. — Two men are facing years in prison after they were convicted of a “vicious assault” in a bar in Pine Junction, according to the Office of the District Attorney for Jefferson and Gilpin Counties.

On Jan. 25, 2018, Richard Brown, Joel Michael Wilson, 32, and Devin Lee Premer, 24, were at the Crossroads Pub in Pine Junction. Brown was holding his 4-year-old daughter on his hip when the men started shouting each other. That escalated to a physical fight, according to the DA’s Office.

Wilson and Premer “brutally beat” Brown, according to the DA’s Office. One would hold Brown while the other punched him in the head, face and ribs. The child was not injured during the assault.

By the time the men stopped, Brown had serious injuries, including a lacerated spleen.

“It is impossible to call this assault a bar fight because Mr. Brown never fought back,” said DA Pete Weir. “This was a brutal, one-sided attack by two men that could have stopped at any time.”

Wilson and Premer were in court on Friday to hear their sentences. Wilson pleaded guilty on Nov. 30 to second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. He was sentenced to six years.

Premer pleaded guilty that same day to second-degree assault and child abuse. He was sentenced to five years.

Brown was issued a misdemeanor summons for child abuse.