Man sentenced to prison for breaking woman’s arm with piece of lumber

March 24, 2014
Vaughn D. Dubielak

A Canton Township man was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in prison for striking a woman with a piece of lumber, breaking her arm.

Vaughn D. Dubielak, 40, of 1520 Jefferson Ave., Lot 15, pleaded guilty Friday to a felony aggravated assault charge before Washington County Judge Valarie Costanzo. Dubielak was accused of hitting Tammy Sue McMasters after she apparently raised her arm to protect herself from being struck in the head during an argument July 16.

Jury selection for Dubielak’s case was supposed to begin Monday, but Assistant District Attorney Leslie Ridge said Dubielak accepted a plea agreement. His remaining charges, including terroristic threats and reckless endangerment, were dismissed.

McMasters, 44, told police Dubielak came out of his home with a piece of lumber and attempted to start a fight. State police were called.

McMasters said Dubielak swung the board at her head, and she put up her arm up to block the strike. Dubielak struck McMasters twice in the arm before she was able to run to a neighbor’s home.

McMasters’ friends and family then stepped in to subdue Dubielak, but not before he struck the windshield of a pickup truck. The owner, Billy Ray Cox, confronted Dubielak, who ran off. While attempting to flee, Dubielak grabbed the arm of a woman and threw her to the ground and knocked a girl to the ground, police said.

He was later found unconscious in the woods along Chartiers Creek. Police said he was intoxicated and could not stand on his own.

Both Dubielak and McMasters were taken to Washington Hospital for treatment.

Ridge said Dubielak was on parole when the incident occurred. She said the prison sentence was appropriate. In addition to the 3 to 6 years in prison, Dubielak was ordered to pay restitution and to have no contact the victim.

Dubielak will remain in Washington County jail until he is moved to a state prison.

Francesca Sacco joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in November 2013, and covers the Washington County Courthouse and education. Prior to working with the Observer-Reporter, Francesca was a staff writer with a Gannett paper in Ohio. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor’s degree in print and broadcast journalism.

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