BRISTOL - A city man has been sentenced to a year in prison for ‚Äúsucker punching‚ÄĚ a person with intellectual disabilities, sending him to the hospital for a jaw that was broken in multiple places and had to be wired shut.
Christopher Floyd, 28, of 260 Terryville Ave., accepted a plea deal on Friday in Bristol Superior Court. He pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault and, in exchange, a charge of second-degree breach of peace was dropped.
Floyd was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended after service of one year, and three years of probation.
According to police, Floyd assaulted a man in the area of 255 Main St. on July 16, leaving him unconscious on the ground. According to the arrest warrant, the motive for the attack may have been that Floyd believed the victim ‚Äúsnitched‚ÄĚ to Plainville police in connection with an unrelated incident.
Police were called about the assault complaint at about 8:28 p.m., in the area of the Summer Street intersection. Several bystanders found the victim on the ground and called police. When officers arrived to speak to him, police said in the warrant, he could barely speak and was bleeding from the mouth.
The victim, who police say suffers from four different mental health disorders, was brought to St. Francis Hospital, in Hartford, and diagnosed with a jaw that was broken in multiple places, a concussion and a contusion on his ear. His jaw had to be wired shut.
The victim later told police he was speaking to Floyd on Main Street and, when he tried to walk away from the situation, he was ‚Äúsucker punched.‚ÄĚ
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