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Man sentenced for beating at party

PORT ORCHARD — A South Kitsap man who kicked a Central Kitsap High student in the head at a party last February was sentenced to seven months in jail last week for the assault, according to the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office.

Deputy Prosecutor Claire Bradley said Jason William Mathwig, 18, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, a charge stemming from a group attack on the 17-year-old victim.

At least three South Kitsap High School students were arrested after the Feb. 12 beating, which the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office said is believed to have been sparked by an incident that began at a basketball game between the two high schools the night before.

Bradley said a total of five people have been arrested in connection with the attack, but Mathwig was the only defendant facing charges in Superior Court. The rest she expected to be prosecuted in District Court.

At the time of his arrest, prosecutors said Mathwig was facing a more serious charge because he was believed to have been “responsible for inflicting substantial bodily harm on the victim.”

According to more than one witness, Mathwig was seen kicking the victim

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