NEW BRITAIN - A New Britain man has been sentenced to five years in prison after police said he assaulted a man during a robbery in the city in 2019.
William Henry, 41, of Lawlor Street, will be on special parole for three years after his prison term is complete, a judge ordered during a hearing last week in New Britain Superior Court.
The sentencing came after Henry in October pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, a felony, according to judicial records.
State records show Henry has been in custody since December 2019, and that he could be held until Christmas Day in 2024 if he has to serve the entire prison sentence.
According to the arrest warrant in the case, Henry punched a male victim in the face outside the Liquor Outlet, at 238 Allen St., on July 16, 2019. Another suspect then emerged and took the victim’s wallet, which had a $150 in it, the warrant continued.
The victim said one of the suspects, later identified as Henry, asked him for money outside the store prior to any violence. He gave the man $2 and later told police Henry might have seen the $100 and $50 bills in his wallet, the warrant said. He was later attacked while standing beside a car.
Police reviewed video surveillance that corroborated some of what the victim said, though part of the assault happened out of view of the camera.
Police also spoke with a friend of the victim, who said he saw Henry repeatedly punch the victim, the warrant said. The friend said he tried to stop the assault, but the second suspect told him not to get involved and implied he had some kind of rock or weapon, as he threatened to break his windshield if he did not leave the area, according to the warrant.
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