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Victim shows compassion for bat-wielding assailant in Coupeville attack

September 17, 2010

Marti struck 22-year-old Stephen Fanelli over the head with a
baseball bat at a teenaged drinking party in Coupeville April 10. In
court, Prosecutor Greg Banks said Marti overreacted and “unreasonably
believed” that he needed to protect his friend from Fanelli.

Banks said that Fanelli suffered a skull fracture and a brain
hemorrhage. The blow broke the bones of the inner ear, destroying the
hearing on Fanelli’s right side.

…Yet despite the serious injuries, Fanelli wasn’t angry or vengeful.
Banks said the young man wanted to know if he could meet with Marti, who
he didn’t even know, and ask him the question on everyone’s mind: What
was he thinking?

Banks contacted Marti’s attorney, Terry Smith of Oak Harbor, and they
set up the unusual meeting. They all met in Banks’ office. The
attorneys mainly listened as the two young men hashed things out.

“It was quite a remarkable meeting,” Banks said. “Not something we see very often in the criminal justice system.”

Banks said he was particularly impressed with Fanelli’s wisdom and
compassion. After the meeting, Fanelli concluded that he didn’t want to
see Marti’s life ruined by one stupid mistake, but that there should be
some consequences.


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