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Three convicted in Vicious 4th Fest Attack

by on October 01, 2013 6:20 AM

Update: A photo identified as Christopher Stout was originally included with this story. The photo was supplied by the Centre County District Attorney's office. The District Attorney's office now says the photo was incorrect. has removed the photo. We apologize for the error. A new photo has been added which is correct. The District Attorney's office has released the following explanation:

 "The original complaint mistakenly identified a completely innocent individual with the same man as this convicted Defendant, who was in no way connected with this incident. Yesterday, we sent a picture of this Christopher Stout based upon information contained in the Complaint. The other “Christopher Stout” was originally from this area...  We deeply regret the inconvenience to him and anyone."



Three men were found guilty Monday for attacking a man following the 4th Fest fireworks display, leaving the victim with a broken wrist, cuts and bruises. The defendants were convicted by Judge Thomas Kistler during a non-jury trial.

The assault happened in a parking lot next to Beaver Stadium on July 4.

According to prosecutors, Charles Stout blocked the victim's truck and refused to move. The three assailants threatened and taunted the victim, telling him to get out and fight.

Joshua Carovinci kicked the truck several times, causing more than one thousand dollars in damage. Prosecutors say Carovinci also spit in the victim's face. At the same time, Christopher Stout was taunting and growling at the victim's 12-year-old daughter who was in the back seat.

The three men walked away and the victim followed in an attempt to get their names. That's when the men attacked the victim, knocking him to the ground, kicking and punching him.

A Stout family member broke up the attack.

As they left, Christopher Stout tried to cover up his license plate with a tee-shirt -- and drove off going the wrong way down a one-way street.

The victim was able to get a license number, leading to the arrests.

Christopher Stout and his brother Charles were found guilty of assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment.

Carovinci was convicted for assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and criminal mischief.

The three men will be sentenced on November 26.

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