Closing Arguments Slated in Trial on Machete Attack Near High School

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    Closing arguments are scheduled Wednesday in the aggravated assault trial of a man accused of having tried to cut off a teenager's hand with a machete outside a northeastern Pennsylvania high school last year.

    Twenty-one-year-old Juan Boron took the stand on Tuesday in Luzerne County to deny that he was involved in the February 2012 fight outside GAR High School in Wilkes-Barre.

    Prosecutors allege that Borbon swung a machete at the 15-year-old victim, nearly cutting off the 10th grade student's hand during a melee between two groups of young people.

    Borbon said through an interpreter that he was getting sandwiches at a nearby store for himself and his pregnant girlfriend at the time.

    Authorities said the brawl stemmed from tensions between black students and Dominican students at the school.

    Borbon remains jailed awaiting the verdict on various assault charges, conspiracy charges and reckless endangerment, according to court records.


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