Man who police say sexually assaulted woman in Southington takes plea deal, is sentenced to prison

Published on Friday, 13 May 2022 16:34
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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SOUTHINGTON – A Hartford man who police say sexually assaulted and choked a Southington resident has been sentenced to prison after taking a plea deal.

Anthony Williams, 28, took a plea bargain on Thursday in New Britain Superior Court. During the proceeding, he pleaded guilty to one felony count of first-degree unlawful restraint.

In exchange for the plea, multiple charges were dropped including felony counts of first-degree sexual assault and second-degree strangulation and misdemeanor charges of second-degree breach of peace and interfering with an officer.

Williams was sentenced to a year and a half in prison, followed by three years of probation. He will be exposed to an additional three and a half years in prison while on probation.

Williams, police said, was at a Berlin Avenue home on Feb. 19, 2021, when officers were called there on the report of an intoxicated person possibly assaulting someone. The victim told police Williams was allowed into the home, but when he got there he was under the influence of something and struggled to maintain his physical balance.

An investigation led police to believe Williams sexually assaulted and choked the victim, placing his hand multiple times around the resident’s neck, cutting off the ability to breathe, according to police.

He was charged the next day around 5:30 a.m. Police said Williams declined to answer questions about the allegations.

According to police, Williams was uncooperative during the booking process and refused to comply with instructions. Police said an officer sustained an unspecified injury during the process, requiring medical attention.

At the time Williams was arrested, police said the investigation had been turned over to detectives and that it remained active.

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



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Friday, 13 May 2022 16:34. Updated: Friday, 13 May 2022 16:36.