Former Springfield Police Officer Jeffrey Asher Sentenced to Jail
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) – Former Springfield Police Officer Jeffrey Asher is sentenced to 18 months of jail time to the house of correction.
Judge Maureen Walsh imposed the sentence Wednesday in Chicopee District Court.
Jeffrey Asher showed little emotion as the sentenced was handed down.
Asher was convicted last month of assault and battery and assault and battery with a with a dangerous weapon, a flashlight, in the arrest of Melvin Jones of Springfield in November of 2009.
The incident was recorded on video by a neighbor and became a major piece of evidence in the case.
Prior to the sentence, Jones read an impact statement to the court saying he’s still haunted by what happened that night.
Jones says Jeffrey Asher needs to be held responsible,”Today I’m here to say I think he needs to go to jail, it’s not fair what happened to me,” says Jones.
Jones says he is still partially blind in one eye as a result of being repeatedly hit by Asher,”No matter what somebody does, nobody deserves to be beat like a dog, some type of animal in a cage, I’m not an animal in a cage,” says Jones.
Prosecutor Elizabeth Dunphy Farris recommended an 18-month direct sentence to the house of correction combined with probation once Asher is released and treatment for anger management issues,”Sentencing in this case, it is the commonwealth’s position should first include assessing the level of injury to the named defendant Melvin Jones and then determining the fair and appropriate punishment for such injury,” says the prosecutor.
Asher’s attorney Joseph Monahan asked the judge for a two year probation sentence.”Even though it’s an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, it’s an assault and battery committed by a law enforcement officer in the line of duty with no malice or any ill will to a person he didn’t even know,” says Monahan.
In the end the judge agreed with the prosecutor and imposed the 18-month direct sentence which Asher begins serving immediately.