SKOWHEGAN — Nearly two years after a horrifying machete attack that left a Pittston man and his daughter with permanent injuries, the trial for the second of two defendants charged in the incident is under way.

Opening arguments were set for today in the trial of 22-year-old Daniel Fortune of Augusta, who faces a dozen charges in the attack on William Guerrette and his daughter Nicole. Fortune is on trial for aggravated attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault, robbery, burglary and other charges.

The trial represents the closing chapter in a case that’s rooted in a 2007 theft and erupted in the violent attack in the Guerrette home before dawn on May 27, 2008. Fortune’s foster brother, 20-year-old Leo Hylton, was sentenced in February to 50 years in prison for his role in the attack.

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