Man sentenced to 12 years in prison for attacking bouncer with a machete

A Chelsea man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for attacking a bouncer in 2014 with a machete.

David Benitez, 27, was convicted Friday morning of mayhem and aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the Suffolk District Attorney’s office said in a statement. He was sentenced to between 10 to 12 years in prison and a consecutive probationary term of 20 years.

Prosecutors said Benitez tried to enter the El-Corral Bar in Chelsea in November 2014 around 11:30 p.m., but the bouncer would not let him him. Surveillance video captured Benitez as he pulled a machete from his pants as he began to walk away before charging the bounce, the DA’s office said.

The bouncer raised his left arm to protect himself, getting struck by the machete near his wrist before diving into the bar and closing the door behind him.

“The victim’s hand was nearly severed,” Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said. “But had he not raised his arm to protect himself, his injuries could have been much worse – and possibly fatal.”

Benitez was arrested in Virginia by U.S. Marshals, according to the DA’s office.

Prosecutors had recommended 14 to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of probation.


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