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 â€œunreasonably
believedâ€ 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 Fanelliâ€™s right side.
…Yet despite the serious injuries, Fanelli wasnâ€™t angry or vengeful.
Banks said the young man wanted to know if he could meet with Marti, who
he didnâ€™t even know, and ask him the question on everyoneâ€™s mind: What
was he thinking?
Banks contacted Martiâ€™s attorney, Terry Smith of Oak Harbor, and they
set up the unusual meeting. They all met in Banksâ€™ office. The
attorneys mainly listened as the two young men hashed things out.
â€œIt was quite a remarkable meeting,â€ Banks said. â€œNot something we see very often in the criminal justice system.â€
Banks said he was particularly impressed with Fanelliâ€™s wisdom and
compassion. After the meeting, Fanelli concluded that he didnâ€™t want to
see Martiâ€™s life ruined by one stupid mistake, but that there should be
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