Mother of assault victim speaks out

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- A Central Kentucky mother says she's furious that the man accused of seriously injuring her son now faces a lesser charge.

In June, Lexington police say Victor Dykes was punched, and knocked out outside a pizza restaurant.

He spent weeks at UK hospital and Cardinal Hill rehabilitation hospital and returned home Thursday.

Police charged 24 year-old Aaron Carrithers with first degree assault for the attack but recently, a grand jury indicted him on a reduced charge of second degree assault.

"I'm sure he didn't go out that night saying I'm going to hit someone with that knock out hit and I'm going to knock him flat but I'm sure Aaron didn't plan on doing that but he made a bad decision and I firmly believe in paying in the decision that you make," Lillian Stinnett, Dykes' mother said.

Carrithers will be arraigned next week.

Dykes' mother says her son is still dealing with brain damage and other injuries from being punched.

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