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Alleged Attacker With Prior Conviction Remains Jailed

Morristown resident charged with alleged assault outside American Legion on Abbett Avenue.

Bail was maintained at $150,000 for a Morristown man accused of severely beating a man in front of the American Legion on Abbett Avenue two weeks ago.

Bryan Mills, 37, of Liberty Street, appeared Wednesday before Morris County Superior Court Judge Mary Gibbons Whipple via teleconference from the Morris County Detention Center following his Monday arrest. Mills has been charged with the Jan. 18 aggravated assault of an individual being publicly identified as "O.B."

The victim remains hospitalized, Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Anthony Scibetta said, relaying information from a Morristown Police Department detective that the victim had a fractured skull, broken nose and "serious and significant trauma."

The attorney told the judge Wednesday how Mills "punched, kicked and stomped the victim" and of the accused man's "significant criminal history," resulting in several years in prison for incidents in 1996 and 1998, as well as Mills' guilty plea in 2003 after he allegedly shot a man in the face over an argument about a cigarette, he said. That conviction of second-degree aggravated assault and second-degree possession of a firearm resulted in a seven-year sentence.

Mills also has several parole violations, has failed to appear in court seven times as well as outstanding charges, including contempt of court in Parsippany and owing more than $5,000 in child support, Scibetta said.

"He has not done well outside of state prison," the attorney said, indicating Mills was a "serious flight risk."

Mills, appearing via teleconference, told the judge he has lived with his parents at their Liberty Street residence for at least 25 years. He is currently unemployed, working "odd jobs" to help support his children, he said.

Mills is scheduled to again appear before the court on Feb. 14.

I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 30, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Another good reason the PD should make it easier to conceal carry. I live a block away from this incident.
Yolanda Navarrete Mendez January 31, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Doesn't anyone know who the victim is and how he is recovering? This is very disturbing. I don't feel safe leaving my office at night.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 31, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Yolanda, there has been a series of violent attacks in morristown at night. You should get a small pistol to keep in your purse and tell know one about it. But get it legally be all means. I recommend illegally carrying it in secret. If you ever had to use it to protect yourself, you would be arrested for carrying it, but you can get a lawyer and fight for your freedom. But if you are dead you can't fight for your life. If you are raped you will never be able to unviolate yourself. So I do recommend breaking the law and carrying a weapon. Just make sure you are well skilled and very knowledgeable on the gun you buy so you don't cause any accidents. Morristown and other towns in NJ will increasingly get more and more dangerous as time goes on, due to the crumbling economy. This I can assure you. Don't be a victim. Remember the police only show up later to put you in a body bag or take you to the hospital for a rape kit.
Tammy January 31, 2013 at 04:53 PM
This story is not about a random attack. These 2 were in an altercation in a bar. Morristown is stil one of the safest areas in NJ. If you feel that unsafe maybe you should move.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 31, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Screw U Tammy! The attacks were not outside a bar. they were at the train station. You lieing liberal freak!
SockPuppet January 31, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Hey, john, perhaps you should take a little time out from Patch and get a handle on your anger, not to mention spelling.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 31, 2013 at 06:20 PM
perhaps you just shut up sock puppet. Go spend someone elses money some more and take credit for the goodness you spread.
SockPuppet January 31, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Seriously, john, your nastiness and apocalyptic ravings are going off the charts. Take a time out in your bunker.
Comfortably Numb January 31, 2013 at 06:49 PM
ooooooo, its a CAT fight!!!! you go girls!!!!
Shotbaker1980 January 31, 2013 at 07:47 PM
John has a fixation with permits. What he doesn't understand is that no one else does. John's a pathetic sap.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 31, 2013 at 07:56 PM
I know you are trying to insult me, but I can't figure out how you are trying to accomplish this. What are you saying? Problem with permits.... hmmm.. no one else does..... hmmm. I am sure i will get it at 3am, jump out of my bed and be real angry at you.
Cletus January 31, 2013 at 08:08 PM
John, don't sweat it, readin' is just plumb hard!
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 31, 2013 at 10:03 PM
oh sockpuppet, I know you are aka cliterus. dork
John Dunphy January 31, 2013 at 11:41 PM
To clarify, the incident did not happen outside the train station. It happened outside the American Legion on Abbett Avenue, per what the Morris County Assistant Prosecutor said in the article.
SockPuppet February 01, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Reading is FUNdamental, teehee!
Yolanda Navarrete February 01, 2013 at 02:17 AM
I have to say that although I have been in Morristown and surrounding area since 1977, things have gotten progressively worse. I have come to know about assaults right outside of my office. I love Morristown. I wish I could feel safer. John, I believe in the right to carry guns. I am just not personally comfortable with it. And I could never carry it illegally because I am an attorney and doing anything illegally could cost me my law license. I understand you completely, however.
Janet Blanchard February 01, 2013 at 05:30 PM
It was not a random attack, it was between two people. Morristown is a good town, lived her all my life. Somethings are not always what they seems.

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