Ex-firefighter avoids prison in restaurant bathroom attack
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut firefighter convicted of assaulting a man in the bathroom of restaurant has avoided prison time.
The New Haven Register reports that 35-year-old Matthew LaVecchia was sentenced last week to a nine-month suspended sentence and three years of probation. He had faced up to a year behind bars for a third-degree assault conviction in August.
LaVecchia was arrested last February after a fight with a former high school friend in the bathroom of a Milford restaurant. He was fired from the Milford Fire Department two months later.
LaVecchia punched the man multiple times in the face, giving him a broken nose and concussion. He said the other man initiated contact and claimed self-defense.
LaVecchia expressed remorse in a letter read in court.
Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com