Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Richey assault charge dismissed

Assault charges against Kenny Richey have been dropped

A Briton who spent two decades on death row in America had charges including an assault against his son dismissed, a court official said.

Kenny Richey, 46, was arrested near a house where his son Sean Richey lived in the town of Baxter, Minnesota, on January 6 last year.

He was accused of hitting his son with a baseball bat during an alleged assault in the US.

Papers from Crow Wing District Court in Minnesota showed Kenny Richey was charged with second degree assault, making threats and domestic assault.

According to the court papers, Sean Richey told police his father grew angry, threatened him and attacked him after the pair had been drinking beer and wrestling playfully.

In February last year Kenny Richey pleaded not guilty to all charges.

A spokeswoman for Crow Wing County Court in Brainerd, Minnesota, said: "All charges against him were dismissed. He was in court during the hearing."

Richey returned to Scotland in January 2008 after 21 years in a US prison awaiting execution.

He was put on death row in January 1987 after being convicted of an arson attack in which a two-year-old girl died.

The former marine, who was born to a Scottish mother and American father, was freed after reaching a plea deal in 2007 with US prosecutors.

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