BRISTOL - A Plantsville woman has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison in connection with a violent assault and robbery at Page Park in March.
Amarillys Nieves, 21, was handed down a 47-month prison sentence during a hearing Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court. She will also serve six years of special parole, following her release.
The prison term was part of a plea deal Nieves accepted last month. During last month’s hearing, she pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree robbery and second-degree larceny. She entered her pleas under the Alford doctrine - meaning she disputes some of the allegations, but acknowledges there’s likely enough evidence to convict her at a trial.
In exchange for the pleas, charges of third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace were dropped.
On Wednesday, Nieves was ordered not to contact the victim for 10 years. She did not make a statement before her sentence was imposed.
On March 24, at about 8 p.m., a 28-year-old Southington man, whose face was covered in blood, ran to a home on Moody Street and told the residents there he had just been robbed and assaulted at Page Park. The homeowner called police.
Shortly thereafter, officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle and pull it over. Police found Nieves, 18-year-old Jeffrey Bowman and a juvenile - who has not been identified - inside the vehicle. Bowman has also been charged.
According to police, the victim said he was 100 percent sure Bowman and Nieves were the ones who assaulted him. He told police he was picked up earlier in the day by Bowman, who brought him to cash his paycheck. The man said he has known Bowman and the juvenile for years. He had not met Nieves prior to the incident.
According to the police report, after cashing his paycheck, the victim was driven by Bowman to Page Park. There, Nieves allegedly told him to empty his pockets. She then began striking him in the face before Bowman started punching the man in the face as well, police said. In the midst of the assault, the victim told police, Bowman and Nieves went through his pockets and took $150, a cell phone, a wallet and a baseball cap. The report does not say the juvenile was involved in the assault and robbery.
The 28-year-old was then told to get out of the vehicle before the alleged assailants drove away. He was left with a broken nose, black eyes and bumps all over his head.
Nieves has previously been convicted of second-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny and disorderly conduct.
Bowman’s case is still pending. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.