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Charge reduced in beating case

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:39 am, Thu Mar 13, 2014.

A grand jury on Monday indicted the man accused of brutally beating a cop nearly to death on Liberty Avenue last year on a lesser charge than he originally faced.

Hayden Holder was charged with felony assault rather than first-degree attempted murder, for the beating of NYPD Sgt. Mohammed Deen on Nov. 17 outside a restaurant on Liberty Avenue in South Richmond Hill. The fight allegedly stemmed from an earlier argument between Holder and Dean at a nightclub on Jamaica Avenue.

The attack left Dean near death, though he survived. Bystanders caught the beating on video.

The reduction in charges may be due in part to Deen’s condition improving, an argument used by Holder’s lawyer. When Holder, of Jamaica, was arrested in November, the victim’s condition was grave, but he is now expected to survive.

Holder, who was denied bail, still faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted, but that’s reduced from the 25 years to life he would have faced if convicted of attempted murder. He is due back in court May 8.

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