SOUTHINGTON - A Hamden man has pleaded guilty in connection with an incident outside the Aqua Turf Club in which police say he kicked two officers and tried to bite another.
Nicholas Maratea, 21, accepted a plea deal Wednesday, in Bristol Superior Court, that includes a two-year time period - less restrictive than probation - in which he must abide by a judge’s conditions. He was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended, and two years of conditional discharge.
A violation during the period of conditional discharge could expose Maratea to as much as a year behind bars.
Maratea, according to police, was attempting to attend a prom party at the Aqua Turf on May 28, 2016, when he was told he could enter the gathering, as it was believed that he had mixed alcohol and medications. Police were called and officers tried to escort him to an ambulance, so he could be evaluated at an area medical facility.
On the way to the ambulance, police said, Maratea kicked two officers and tried to bite another. He also spit on a paramedic.
On Wednesday, Maratea pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with police. Charges of assault on medical personnel and breach of peace were dropped. State prosecutors said it is expected that Maratea will be placed on probation for another pending case out of a different jurisdiction. This was one reason conditional discharge was imposed, as opposed to normal probation, prosecutors said.
During conditional discharge, Maratea has been ordered not to get arrested and to stay away from the Aqua Turf.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.