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Somerville man pleads guilty to 2011 attack on Medford jogger

A 20-year-old Somerville man pleaded guilty to participating in a violent, unprovoked attack on a jogger in Medford.

Don't stretch before your run — warm up instead! Credit: Metro file photo A jogger.
Credit: Metro file photo

A 20-year-old Somerville man pleaded guilty to participating in a violent, unprovoked attack on a jogger in Medford.

Niall Vallega pleaded guilty in Middlesex Superior Court and was sentenced to a total of five years in prison followed by five years of probation, the Middlesex district attorney's office announced on Thursday.

Vallega and a group of others drove by the victim and yelled threats as he was on Salem Street in Medford in March 2011. Moments after, he was approached by a group of men and threatened. The victim tried to walk away, but that's when the group, apparently unprovoked, attacked the man.

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Authorities said Vallega punched the man in the eye and attacked him with other members of the group. The man was also hit over the head with a glass bottle and stabbed in his side by another person.

Police were able to identify the suspects based on a GPS location device worn by one of the group members, cell phone records and witness statements.

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