Negley man sentenced to jail after admitting assault

LISBON – Anthony Pugliano Jr., 34, Mohican Trail, Negley, was sentenced Friday by Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam to six months in the county jail after he previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge.

The charge had been reduced from the initial felonious assault charge issued by the grand jury in April.

The man Pugliano struck, Larry White spoke in court on Friday stating he is still “living a nightmare” from having his jaw broken by a punch from Pugliano in Tony’s Bar in Wellsville last Feb. 17.

“For 12 weeks I couldn’t eat,” White said. “I still can’t eat. I have to go to an oral surgeon and have it rebroke and go through it again. These young kids are out of control. I have kids and they are out of control too, but it’s got to stop somewhere.”

Pugliano’s defense attorney Dominic Frank pointed out his client has a lack of criminal activity, holds down a job, provides for and is a good father for his son, serves in the U.S. Naval Reserves and is “clearly someone who has led a law abiding life.”

According to Frank, Pugliano and White along with their families have some “family entanglements.”

“Everyone reaches a breaking point,” Frank said.

Pugliano also apologized for losing his “cool,” adding “I obviously wish it had never happened.”

However, Washam pointed out the investigation showed Pugliano was clearly the aggressor and White, who is 57, was seated and had asked to be left alone, turning away right before he was punched. Washam went with Assistant County Prosecutor Ryan Weikart’s suggestion of six months and Frank indicated Pugliano may file an appeal before he is scheduled to report to the jail on Jan. 17.