- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Springfield man who authorities say caused a hospital to be placed on lockdown is headed to prison.

Manuel Carrasquillo pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and other offenses on Tuesday in Springfield. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Authorities say Carrasquillo was arrested at Mercy Medical Center’s emergency room in March after verbally abusing nurses and doctors and fighting with a police officer.

Prosecutors say his behavior became so disruptive that the hospital was placed on lockdown. They say that when a police officer tried to escort him out of the hospital, he reacted by assaulting the officer.

The defense had recommended probation. But the judge agreed with prosecutors who asked for a 30-month sentence with 18 months served.

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