Bristol man, convicted in 2016 assault, charged with violating probation

Published on Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:22
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@muszynskiBP

BRISTOL - A city man convicted of viciously beating a man in 2016 was arrested again on Wednesday and charged with violating his probation.

Miguel Oquendo, 33, was found with a fake urine sample when he was patted down at a regularly scheduled probation meeting, according to court officials.

“We all know what that’s for,” Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, said during the arraignment Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court.

Lee added that Oquendo, who is facing one count of violation of probation, has been accused of failing multiple drug tests, testing positive for cocaine, opiates and PCP while on probation.

“It’s the worst drug out there, PCP,” Lee said.

On Sept. 30, 2016, Oquendo was convicted of attempted second-degree assault and sentenced to five years in prison, suspended after service of one year, and three years' probation. 

In that case, Oquendo pushed a 49-year-old man to the ground outside a Burlington Avenue home and kicked him in the head multiple times on April 18, 2016. Police said the man sustained a bloody nose and some swelling and discoloration to the left side of his face.

On Wednesday, court officials said Oquendo's criminal history includes convictions of escape, larceny and failure to appear in court. 

"He owes four years," Lee said of the probation violation, adding that he has no doubt Oquendo will serve prison time.

During the hearing, Lee extended a plea deal to Oquendo that would incude serving two years in prison. The deal was neither accepted nor rejected.

Oquendo was ordered held on $25,000 bond. He is due back in court on Feb. 6.

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



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:22. Updated: Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:24.