SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man who prosecutors say bit a retired Springfield police officer, and then tried to grab his gun, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Brian Henriquez, 29, of Springfield, was found guilty of charges including assault and battery, resisting arrest, and illegal possession of a firearm in connection with the March 2015 incident.
According to District Attorney Anthony Gulluni’s office, witnesses told police that Henriquez began harassing retired officer Norberto Garcia while he was on his way to his job as a security guard. A verbal argument turned into a physical fight, and Henriquez bit Garcia on his nose and hands. He then reached for Garcia’s gun, and the victim and another security guard struggled with Garcia for the firearm.
When police got there and took Henriquez in custody, prosecutors say he began kicking the rear window of the patrol car, and spitting at officers.
Gulluni said that Henriquez received the 15 year sentence in part because he has three previous convictions: two involving drugs, and one involving assault with a dangerous weapon.