- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) - A former Pepperell police sergeant has pleaded guilty to using excessive force on a drunken woman in protective custody but has avoided time behind bars.

The Sun (https://bit.ly/1sEj6ym ) reports that 53-year-old Armando Herrera was sentenced Monday in Middlesex Superior Court to 2 ½ years in jail with the entire sentence suspended for three years of probation.

He pleaded guilty to strangulation or suffocation, intimidation of a witness and filing a false report.

Prosecutors say Herrera became enraged when the victim started yelling and banging on the doors of her holding cell on Sept. 7.

Despite being warned by another officer to leave the woman alone, Herrera entered her cell and began choking her. The assault ended after another officer restrained Herrera.

The 30-year department veteran resigned in October.


Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, https://www.lowellsun.com

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