Kennewick nightclub bouncer convicted of assault

KENNEWICK — A Kennewick nightclub bouncer was convicted of third-degree assault Thursday for a fight that left a bar patron with a brain injury.

Benton County Superior Court jurors convicted Matthew Thomas Hibbard, 41, for dropping Ben Ensign on his head on the sidewalk outside Jack Didley’s bar on the Fourth of July.

The Tri-City Herald reports Hibbard faces one to three months in jail when he is sentenced Feb. 27.

The Ensign, 32, was dragged out of the nightclub after he was seen kicking over chairs, sneaking into a VIP lounge and drinking a stranger’s drink. He suffered a fractured skull in the fall and is still in a Spokane rehabilitation center.

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