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N.Y. Giants owner John Mara's nephew arrested on assault charge

February 25, 2013|By Houston Mitchell

The nephew of New York Giants owner John Mara has been charged with felony assault in Fairfield, Conn., for allegedly hitting a person in the head with a bottle during a New Year's Eve party.

The victim, who hasn't been publicly identified, suffered life-threatening injuries that required immediate surgery, police said.

The nephew, also named John Mara, was arrested Friday and posted $150,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on first-degree assault and breach-of-peace charges on March 8.

Mara's lawyer, William Dow, said Mara, 22, will plead not guilty.

“We're confident a jury will find him not guilty,” Dow told the Associated Press.

Police say the arrest was the result of a two-month investigation and that Mara turned himself in after learning that authorities had obtained an arrest warrant for him. First-degree assault carries a penalty of one to 20 years in prison if convicted.

A spokesman for the Giants said the team and the senior John Mara, president and chief executive of the Giants, had no comment on the arrest.

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