PLAINVILLE - A Thomaston man pleaded guilty to a reduced charge on Wednesday after assaulting his then-wife and taking off with their 6-year-old child.
Andres Arroyo, 50, accepted a plea deal during his hearing in Bristol Superior Court. He was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended and two years of conditional discharge.
During conditional discharge, Arroyo must avoid any new arrests and abide by the lifetime protective order he was issued Wednesday. The order forbids him from contacting his ex-wife, going to her home or having guns or ammunition.
According to court officials, Arroyo struck his wife in the face on March 12 - prior to the couple’s divorce - and took their 6-year-old child, who witnesses the incident, and drove off. He was later found at his mother’s home in New Britain with the child, who was not harmed.
On Wednesday, Arroyo pleaded guilty to second-degree breach of peace - a misdemeanor. Court officials said the victim in the case wanted Arroyo to plead guilty to risk of injury to a minor - a felony that was dropped - and go to jail.
“The risk of injury charge is not going to be pursued by the state based on the facts of this particular case,” state prosecutor Ronald Dearstyne said.
A charge of third-degree assault was also not pursued.
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