Plainville man pleads guilty to assault on police officer

Published on Wednesday, 3 May 2017 17:51
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

STAFF WRITER

PLAINVILLE – A local man has pleaded guilty in connection with a disturbance at a Plainville home where multiple police officers were injured.

Jonathan Sprouse, 19, appeared Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court, where he pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault – a misdemeanor. The deal was offered by state prosecutors.

In exchange for the plea, charges of assault on a police officer, interfering with an officer and disorderly conduct were not pursued. Sprouse was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended after 45 days in prison, and two years of conditional discharge.

During conditional discharge, Sprouse has been ordered not to possess any firearms or assault any police officers.

According to the police report, officers were at 199 Broad St., a single family home, Jan. 15 at about 10:44 p.m. investigating an unrelated complaint. During the investigation, police said, Sprouse came upstairs from the basement and began creating a ruckus in the kitchen.

When police looked to see what was going on, they reported seeing Sprouse punching the kitchen cabinets. “What the [expletive] do you want?” he said, according to the report.

“Let’s go, I’ll go a few rounds with you,” Sprouse continued.

After Sprouse took a fighting stance, an officer tried to physically restrain him and he allegedly began punching the cop in the head, according to the report. The officer punched Sprouse back before he and another officer tackled him to the ground, according to police. On the ground, Sprouse allegedly continued kicking and punching.

Using force, police were able to get handcuffs on Sprouse, but he continued kicking, police said.

During the scuffle, police radioed to Bristol and Southington for mutual aid.

Two other people in the home were arrested during the incident, including a minor girl.

While police were attempting to restrain Sprouse, according to the report, the minor walked up to one of the officers and punched him in the side of the face. She was taken to the ground and later charged with assault on an officer, interfering with police and disorderly conduct. The girl was issued a summons to appear in juvenile court.

Sprouse, according to police, continued struggling and kicked an officer in the forehead before he was taken into custody.

Three officers reported injuries from the incident, including cuts, welts and bruising to their hands, head and knees.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at jmuszynski@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, Plainville on Wednesday, 3 May 2017 17:51. Updated: Wednesday, 3 May 2017 17:54.