Conviction in cheesesteak shop beating

February 19, 2009 10:06:38 AM PST
A judge has convicted a man of severely beating an employee of a famous Philadelphia cheesesteak shop.

Twenty-year-old Kevin Bacci of Devon was found guilty of aggravated assault but acquitted of attempted murder. He'll be sentenced April 15.

Bacci slammed victim Tony Chestnut to the ground twice during a confrontation in December 2007 at Geno's Steaks. Chestnut suffered a dislocated shoulder and fractured vertebra, causing him to miss work for six months.

The fight evolved from harassment of another employee. Bacci testified that Chestnut threw the first punch, which Chestnut denied.

Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Dempsey found Wednesday that Bacci's conduct "was the match that lit this fire." He acquitted Bacci's friend Michael Morrison of all charges.