Assault charges dismissed against Mara

A Bridgeport judge dismissed assault charges against John Mara, nephew of N.Y. Giants owner John Mara after a state prosecutor admitted in court that Fairfield police arrested the wrong man.

Mara, 22, of Mount Kisco, N.Y., nephew of New York Giants owner John Mara, turned himself in to Fairfield police in February on assault charges.

According to a police report, the charges stem from a New Year’s Eve party on Fairfield Beach Road. Mara allegedly struck a person over the head with a bottle, police said, causing life-threatening injuries that required immediate surgery.

Mara was charged with first-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace. The name of the victim was not released.

The arrest was the result of a two-month investigation by police.

William Dow, Mara’s lawyer, said in a statement: “All charges have now been dismissed. From the very beginning Jack Mara swore he was innocent. He did not assault the complainant. The evidence has proven his innocence.

“We are gratified that the State has agreed and that the charges are dismissed.

“Jack is an outstanding young man and has a bright future. He and his family intend to move on from this unfortunate incident.”

On Friday morning, Mara, left the Bridgeport courthouse with his parents after a judge dismissed assault charges against him in connection with a Fairfield New Year’s Eve party.

State’s Attorney John Smriga told the judge police arrested the wrong man.

Daniel Tepfer