Van Buren County man sentenced


A Van Buren county man has been sentenced to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty to assault charges.  The charges were filed following an incident in Bonaparte in May.

Dimetrious R. Royal appearing in court pled guilty is a lesser charges including aggravated assault and aggravated misdemeanor and willful injury causing bodily injuries.

Court records indicate Royal reportedly was armed with and used an aluminum softball bat during the altercation.  Royal reportedly struck  the victim John Smith with the bat while Smith was standing and continued to hit Smith until he fell to the ground.  Smith received numerous injuries as a result of the attack.