A Douglas County judge sentenced a 25-year-old Lawrence man to serve two years on probation after he pleaded no contest in January to aggravated battery in connection with an October altercation downtown.
Anthony M. Bassett faces a two-year prison sentence if he’s ever found to violate terms of his probation, said Cheryl Wright, a district attorney’s office spokeswoman. Bassett was accused of punching a 24-year-old Lawrence man in the face about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 19 in the 900 block of Massachusetts Street. The victim fell to the ground and suffered a broken nose, and prosecutors said Bassett had approached the man and started an argument with him. District Judge Kay Huff also ordered Bassett to pay $8,200 in restitution.