A New York Yankees fan in Connecticut has pleaded no contest to first-degree assault for his part in a bar fight two years ago that seriously injured a Boston Red Sox fan from New Hampshire.
The New Haven Register reports that 46-year-old John Mayor of New Haven entered the plea Tuesday in New Haven Superior Court. Mayor will serve 10 years in prison with three years' probation. Sentencing is Aug. 17.
Mayor was accused of stabbing Monte Freire of New Hampshire in the neck during a discussion of their teams. Freire was hospitalized and had several surgeries. Mayor also was hospitalized for injuries police said he sustained from Freire's companions.
Police said Freire and his friends were "Red Sox fans in 'Yankees' territory." But Mayor's lawyer says the fight wasn't "a Yankees-Red Sox thing."