"We're utterly baffled", says Nathan Leone. Whilst not in possession of any understanding of the US justice system, this seems farcical and wrong, and I wholeheartedly agree with Nathan.
2 years ago, Matthew Leone stepped in to stop the accused, Justin Pivec, assaulting his wife, only to have Pivec turn on him and give him a fractured skull, jaw, and a broken nose. The worst part of that is that he had to have a third of his skull taken out to allow the swelling in his brain to go down.
"Admittedly, we're not well versed in the justice system but today a vicious coward was given a free pass for beating his wife and almost killing my brother. This has taken a tremendous toll on all of us for two years and though we're devastated. We will continue to focus on the positive. which is that Matthew is still with us and hopefully this has spread awareness for victims of domestic violence. More later as we attempt to comprehend this." (Nathan Leone)
This seems absolutely despicable from my perspective; man violently attacks another, causes near-fatal injury with months and months of recovery needed, found not guilty of attempted murder. Even if the intention to kill had never been there, it still stands that he beat him to near-death. I assume the decision will be appealed, and I shall keep my eyes peeled for updates.