SOUTHINGTON - A Naugatuck man has been sentenced to 60 days in prison after assaulting a woman at a Southington motel.
Daniel Akinsyana, 27, was handed down the sentence Monday in Bristol Superior Court, after accepting a plea deal offered by state prosecutors. The deal called for him to plead guilty - under the Alford doctrine - to one count of third-degree assault, which was reduced from second-degree assault.
Charges of interfering with an officer and making a false statement were not pursued. An Alford plea means Akinsyana still disputes some of the allegations, but wanted to accept the plea deal offered in the case to avoid a possible harsher penalty after a trial.
Akinsyana turned himself in on Aug. 19 in connection with an incident on Aug. 7 at Motel 6, located at 625 Queen St. During a dispute with a woman known to him, he picked up a glass ashtray and struck a woman in the head with it, near her eye, state prosecutors said.
Akinsyana then grabbed the woman by the neck and tried dragging her out of the bathroom, where she had gone to get away from him, prosecutors continued.
Court officials on Monday said the victim in the case has no safety concerns for herself, and did not want the case prosecuted.
Akinsyana was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended after service of 60 days, and two years’ probation. While on probation, he has been ordered not to threaten the victim or assault her.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.