Trooper gets jail sentence for punching handcuffed suspect

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 8, 2018 3:32 PM

(West Chester) -- A Pennsylvania state trooper convicted of punching a handcuffed man during a drunken-driving arrest has been sentenced to up to a year in jail.

John Sromovsky was captured on video punching 25-year-old Lorenzo Lopez in September 2016, while Lopez was handcuffed and seated in a patrol car.

Prosecutors say Lopez had been crying, and Sromovsky threatened to give him "a reason to cry." They say Lopez was defenseless and didn't pose a threat.

Sromovsky was convicted of assault last month. He was sentenced Thursday to 2½ to 12 months in jail.

Sromovsky's attorney tells he will appeal and will remain free pending a ruling on the appeal.

Lopez was living in the U.S. illegally. He was convicted of drunken driving and was turned over to immigration agents.

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