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LOWELL -- Long-simmering bitterness in a nearly decade-old divorce bubbled over last month when Robert Hunter beat up his ex-wife's boyfriend.

In Lowell District Court on Friday, Hunter, 51, of Windham, N.H., pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery.

Judge Ellen Caulo sentenced Hunter to 18 months probation, with 25 hours of community service, anger management, and ordered him to abide by the restraining order against him.

Prosecutor Kristyn Dusel said that on Nov. 3, Tewksbury police responded to a County Road address where they found the victim, his hands and face covered in blood.

Dusel said when Hunter arrived at the house to pick up his daughter, there was a scuffle because the ex-wife's boyfriend had moved in. Hunter allegedly shoved his ex-wife and then repeatedly punched the boyfriend in the face, breaking his nose and sending him to the hospital.

Both the ex-wife and boyfriend presented the judge with victim-impact statements.

Defense attorney George Murphy said his client, who works for MassPort, has been divorced from his ex-wife for nine years but there is still some resentment and bitterness.

At this point, Hunter doesn't want anything to do with his ex-wife and boyfriend, Murphy said. Hunter "dreams'' of the day three years from now when his daughter is 18 and he doesn't have to deal with these issues.

Caulo told Hunter that with his "bad behavior'' he is lucky he isn't going to jail.

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