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Ohio man to serve probation in assault of son in Myrtle Beach hotel

An Ohio man was given probation after he admitted he assaulted his son and tried to set a blanket on fire while on vacation at a Myrtle Beach hotel earlier this year.

Richard Cecconi, 51, of Warren, Ohio, pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature Thursday before Circuit Court Judge Steven John, who sentenced him to five years in prison. John suspended that sentence and ordered Cecconi to complete two years of probation in Ohio and undergo anger management counseling.

Cecconi was arrested May 8 and charged with public intoxication, destruction of property, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature after police were flagged down by an employee of the Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort at 415 S. Ocean Blvd., police said.

The employee told police Cecconi came into the lobby and said he was attacked by five people, according to the report. In talking with Cecconi, police noted in the report his story changed several times about being attacked.

Officers made contact with Cecconi’s 49-year-old wife and 24-year-old son, who were staying in a room at the resort, to secure Cecconi’s belongings that he had with him, according to the report. The man’s son told police his father had been drinking and he saw him try to light a blanket on fire inside their room.

The younger man told police when he grabbed the blanket from his dad, the two began to struggle and his dad threatened to kill him, according to the report. The woman tried to break up the incident but was thrown against a wall.

Cecconi calmed down, gathered his belongings and left the room, according to the report. The younger man and woman were treated at the scene.