BRISTOL - A Southington man has been convicted in a violent assault and robbery at Page Park in March.
Jeffrey Bowman, 18, of 821 Old Turnpike Road, Southington, pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery during a hearing Friday in Bristol Superior Court. He entered his plea under the Alford doctrine, meaning he disputes some of the allegations but believes there’s a risk he could be convicted after a trial and expose himself to a harsher sentence.
After accepting a plea bargain that was offered by state prosecutors, Bowman was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended after service of 18 months, and three years’ probation. In exchange for the plea, a number of charges were dropped, including those of second-degree larceny, third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, failure to maintain auto insurance, possession with intent to sell illegal drugs and possession of a controlled substance.
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 Plantsville resident Amarillys Nieves, 21, Bowman and a juvenile - who has not been identified - inside the vehicle. Nieves was also 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 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 assailants drove away. He was left with a broken nose, black eyes and bumps all over his head.
Nieves was sentenced to 47 months in prison last month after pleading guilty in June to second-degree robbery and second-degree larceny. She also entered her pleas under the Alford doctrine.
Jeffrey Lee, the prosecutor, said Friday that Nieves was given a stiffer sentence because she has previously been convicted of second-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny and disorderly conduct.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.