NEW BRITAIN - A Bristol man is expected to receive a one-year prison sentence after assaulting a woman who was holding a baby and contacting another victim in violation of a protective order.
Lcaina Simms, 26, of 192 Main St., Bristol, accepted a plea bargain Tuesday in New Britain Superior Court. The deal required him to plead guilty under the Alford doctrine to one count each of second-degree assault and violation of a protective order.
An Alford plea means Simms disputes the allegations set forth by prosecutors, but believes he could possibly be convicted after a trial and face a harsher sentence. The plea deal calls for a sentence of six years in prison, suspended after service of one year, and three years of probation.
Simms, who is being held on $150,000 bond, is scheduled to face sentencing on Dec. 11.
According to prosecutors, Simms was involved in a verbal dispute with his then-girlfriend on Sept. 17, 2018, in New Britain. During the argument, the woman grabbed a 4-month-old child and went into another room. Simms, prosecutors said, head-butted the woman while she was holding the child.
The woman suffered a gash above one of her eyes. The injury required stitches and left a scar. Prosecutors did not indicate that the baby was hurt.
On Aug. 17, Simms violated a protective order that was put in place by a judge by contacting a woman in Bristol through text messages, prosecutors said. This woman was not the same victim that was head-butted, according to prosecutors.
Multiple other pending cases against Simms will not be pursued in exchange for his pleas.
Judge Maureen Keegan told Simms that, based solely on the two charges he pleaded guilty to, he could have faced a 15-year prison sentence.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.