Bristol man sent to prison for 28 months for brandishing knife during domestic incident

Published on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:43
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

STAFF WRITER

BRISTOL - A Bristol man was sentenced to 28 months in prison on Tuesday for grabbing a knife during a domestic dispute and later being charged with violating two probations.

Brett Poglitsch, 22, of 29 Ward St., accepted a plea deal during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court. The deal was offered by a judge and was the result of a pre-trial hearing between the defense attorney, the prosecutor and the judge.

Poglitsch on Tuesday pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree assault and admitted to violating both of his probations. His probation violations were a direct result of two arrests, said Ronald Dearstyne, the prosecutor.

Poglitsch was arrested Oct. 3, 2016, and charged with third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace. Police said he assaulted his girlfriend that day in their apartment. After posting bond in that case, according to police, Poglitsch went back to the apartment the next day around 2:30 a.m., despite a condition of his release barring him from contacting his girlfriend.

The woman had three friends over at the time, and police said Poglitsch punched one of them after she answered the door. She was able to close and lock the door, but police said Poglitsch used his key to make his way into the apartment. Another of the friends tried to get him out of the home and, during a scuffle, police said Poglitsch pushed his girlfriend, causing her to fall on a coffee table.

The struggle continued into the kitchen, where Poglitsch grabbed a knife, according to police. The blade was wrestled away from him, but not before it landed on his girlfriend’s foot, causing a minor cut. The woman and her friends then got into a car and drove around until police arrived.

After the two arrests, Poglitsch was later charged with two counts of violation of probation. He was placed on probation after pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree burglary on June 26, 2012. He was sentenced in those cases to 10 years in prison, suspended after service of three years, and five years’ probation.

The complainant in both assault cases spoke in court on Tuesday and said she doesn’t understand why Poglitsch was charged with assault, as she believes the allegations were fabricated. She said her statement did not accurately reflect what she said had happened.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at jmuszynski@bristolpress.com. Follow Justin Muszynski on Twitter @muszynskiBP.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:43. Updated: Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:45.