Please support the Greenfield Recorder's COVID-19 coverage

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the local economy — and many of the advertisers who support our work — to a near standstill. During this unprecedented challenge, we continue to make our coronavirus coverage free to everyone at recorder.com because we feel our most critical mission is to deliver vital information to our communities. If you believe local news is essential, especially during this crisis, please donate.

Thank you for your support of the Recorder.

Michael Moses, Publisher


Shutesbury man gets 6 months probation for assault, civil rights violation

Staff Writer
Published: 10/7/2019 5:25:54 PM

ORANGE — Despite a victim’s emotional plea that his attacker go to jail, a Shutesbury man was given six months of probation Friday for a 2018 assault.

Edgar W. Dorman, 78, was found guilty last month on four counts — assault and battery, a civil rights violation (right to housing), threatening to commit a crime and criminal harassment — following an incident on Aug. 14, 2018, in which he broke his neighbor’s nose.

On Friday in Orange District Court, Judge David S. Ross sentenced Dorman to several six-month probation sentences, ordered Dorman stay away from the victim and imposed more than $1,000 in fines.

Both Dorman and the neighbor, Rolf Cachat-Schilling, 57, acknowledge the fight happened, but offer different details about the event.

According to Cachat-Schilling, Dorman was a nasty neighbor who caused him and his family to live in fear on Leverett Road in Shutesbury and eventually move after the assault. Cachat-Schilling, a gay Native American medicine elder, said Dorman repeatedly used derogatory words referring to his race and sexual orientation.

Cachat-Schilling claims he was preparing for the third day of a sacred ceremony to honor the dead when Dorman came over, destroyed part of his medicinal garden and attacked him. Cachat-Schilling also said he is out of work because of Dorman’s attack, having hurt his wrist in the fight rendering him unable to do his job as a Chinese language translator.

“We try to make friends with all our neighbors,” Cachat-Schilling began in his victim’s impact statement Friday, during which he asked Ross to give Dorman at least a year in jail.

Cachat-Schilling also said Dorman threatened to shoot him, and caused immense stress for his family. Cachat-Schilling said he felt like he was “in jail” living near Dorman and was afraid to go out.

“He should sit in jail for at least a year and experience what he did to us,” Cachat-Schilling said.

But Dorman’s story is vastly different, and he claims Cachat-Schilling provoked the attack, grabbing him around the neck and throwing him to the ground while he was mowing the lawn. In fact, Cachat-Schilling is also expected to go to trial in December for attacking Dorman, with both neighbors having pressed charges against each other.

“Mr. Cachat-Schilling is a defendant in a felony assault against a 78-year-old man. He does not stand here with clean hands,” said Nora Allard, Dorman’s attorney.

Despite calling his conviction “serious,” Ross said Dorman has a practically clean background, has served the community and is a veteran, and poses no immediate risk to the others involved in the case. Cachat-Schilling left the courtroom in the midst of Ross reading Dorman’s sentence, just after Ross said Dorman would serve six months of probation.

Reach David McLellan at dmclellan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 268.




Greenfield Recorder

14 Hope Street
Greenfield, MA 01302-1367
Phone: (413) 772-0261
Fax: (413) 772-2906

 

Copyright © 2019 by Newspapers of Massachusetts, Inc.
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy