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Ex-Cranston police chief pleads no contest in wife assault

February 5, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The former police chief in Cranston has pleaded no contest to a charge that he assaulted his wife.

Former Chief Marco Palombo Jr. entered the no contest plea to a simple assault charge Monday in Providence Superior Court. He was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered not to contact his wife or daughter for a year.

The judge dismissed a charge of domestic disorderly conduct.

Palombo told the judge he was sorry.

He was arrested Nov. 30 after a family member called 911 to report he was “out of control.” He was accused of hitting his wife in the head.

Palombo was appointed chief in 2009. He was put on paid administrative leave in January 2014 during an investigation into a ticketing scandal and retired two months later.