Man Sentenced in Assault on Basketball Player

As reported by Katie Mulvaney in the December 14, 2015 edition of the Providence Journal, a Connecticut man has been sentenced in connection with a felony assault case. The man assaulted a Brown student who played on the school’s basketball team. The player suffered permanent physical injuries as a result of the attack including mental impairment and seizures. The matter went to trial before Judge Procaccini and the man was found guilty. The Judge sentenced him to a seven (7) year suspended sentence with seven (7) years of probation. He must complete 1,000 hours of community service, random drug testing and undergo counseling and treatment for PTSD, anger management and alcohol abuse.

Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 11-5-2, felony assault is defined as every person who shall make an assault or battery, or both, with a dangerous weapon, or with acid or other dangerous substance, or by fire, or an assault or battery which results in serious bodily injury.

(c) "Serious bodily injury" means physical injury that:

(1) Creates a substantial risk of death;

(2) Causes protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily part, member or organ; or

(3) Causes serious permanent disfigurement or circumcises, excises or infibulates the whole or any part of the labia majora or labia minora or clitoris of a person.

The penalties if convicted include up to twenty (20) years imprisonment. Felony assault can be charged as a domestic violence crime. In those cases, domestic violence counseling would be an additional penalty.

If you or a family member has been charged with felony assault, simple assault, or other violent crimes, please contact Attorney Robert H. Humphrey, Esq., at 401-816-5862 or e-mail him at

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