Southington man pleads guilty in Rockwell Park incident involving violence with police, admits to violating probation

Published on Friday, 19 February 2021 14:31
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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BRISTOL -- A Southington man has admitted to violating his probation for a second time -- which stems from a conviction involving an assault and robbery at Page Park -- and pleaded guilty in connection with an incident at Rockwell Park, during which an officer reported being punched in the face.

Jeffrey Bowman, 22, accepted a plea bargain during a hearing Wednesday in New Britain Superior Court, according to judicial records. He pleaded guilty to one count of attempted assault on an officer and admitted to one count of violation of probation.

Bowman was arrested on Oct. 13, 2019, following an incident at Rockwell Park, where officers responded on the report of an intoxicated male. Upon telling Bowman he needed to go to the hospital because he appeared “highly intoxicated,” Bowman struck one officer and began swinging at another, police wrote in the report.

The officer who was struck declined medical attention, police reports indicate.

Following his outburst, Bowman was brought to a grassy area by two policemen. There, he continued trying to throw punches, resisted officers and tried reaching for one of their faces, police said in their reports.

Bowman is on probation after he pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree robbery during a hearing in August 2017. He was sentenced then to five years in prison, suspended after service of 18 months, and three years’ probation. That case stemmed from an incident in March 2017 in which Bowman and another Plantsville resident assaulted a man in a vehicle parked in Page Park, according to police. They punched him in the face repeatedly and robbed him, leaving the victim with a broken nose, black eyes and bumps all over his head.

Though the sentence associated with the plea deal Bowman accepted this week is not clear, when he admitted for the first time to violating his probation at a hearing in March 2019, court officials indicated his probation would be monitored with a zero-tolerance policy and would expose him to anywhere between 28 to 42 months in prison.

According to judicial records, Bowman has multiple other cases pending. In one of them, Southington police said he assaulted a pregnant woman and resisted police, causing minor injuries for officers, during an incident in July. Police said he tried to throw the woman down a flight of stairs before allegedly striking her in the face and choking her.

In another case, resulting from an arrest on Jan. 29, Southington police said Bowman charged at officers following a traffic stop and, after fighting with police, resisted officers and refused to comply with their orders.

Judicial records indicate he did not plead guilty in either of those two cases.

Bowman is free on multiple bonds and is due back in court on March 30.

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



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Friday, 19 February 2021 14:31. Updated: Friday, 19 February 2021 14:34.