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Chicopee Man Found Guilty of Assault and Battery of a Police Officer

gavelSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Tuesday, a Hampden County jury found Chicopee resident Jay DiRico guilty of one count of assault and battery on a police officer.

The jury, however, found him not guilty on four other charges.

Prosecutors say that DiRico assaulted Chicopee Police Officer Jeffrey Couture last year.

On April 15, 2012 Couture responded to DiRico’s home to help DiRico’s girlfriend remove some of her belongings from the house. During a dangerousness hearing in Chicopee District Court several days later, Couture testified that while he was inside the home, DiRico assaulted him by pinning him down and repeatedly punching him. He went on to say DiRico stopped punching him only after he said “if you don’t stop I’ll shoot you.”

Couture needed 10 stitches to close a cut in his lip and inner mouth area.

According to the Hampden Superior Clerk’s Office, Judge Bertha Josephson has scheduled DiRico’s sentencing for 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.

He’s currently out on bail on the same conditions that were in place before the verdict was reached on Tuesday.


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