Coach attack case to grand jury

Joseph Koscinski

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The case against a man accused of attacking his former football coach in Sharon will now be presented to a grand jury.

Joseph Koscinski, 38, of 200 Logan Ave., waived his preliminary hearing Friday, which means his case will now be presented to a grand jury who will decide charges.

Prosecutors originally filed charges of aggravated assault, burglary, recklessly endangering another person and making terroristic threats for attacking Sharon High School football coach Jim Wildman.

Koscinski remains jailed on $200,000 bond after a judge denied his request to be released on electronically monitored house arrest, and said nothing as he entered and left the magistrate’s office.

The magistrate said during the hearing Koscinski could be released pending a mental evaluation.

“He’s on some medication and the judge had some questions as to whether he was still on that medication,” said Sharon Police Chief Mike Menster.

Menster said police are unaware of what caused Koscinski to attack Wildman.

“We know what happened at this point in time, but we still don’t know why it happened,” Menster said. “So right now, I don’t want to speculate on a motive.”

Wildman, who attended the hearing, said he was doing better but declined to talk about the case since it is ongoing.

Court records said Koscinski went to Wildman’s neighbor’s homes looking for Wildman. The residents told Koscinski where Wildman lived and later helped pull Koscinski off Wildman.

Koscinski then went over to Wildman’s home and yelled insults at him through the door. Wildman said he came to the door and the two started fighting.

Koscinski bit Wildman’s ear, causing him to need 60 stitches. Wildman’s wife, Karen, saw the fighting and yelled for help.

Throughout the fight, Koscinski yelled “Confess your sins,” court records say. Officials said he told Wildman he wanted to choke him until his blood was everywhere.

Koscinski was hospitalized after the fight with facial injuries.

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