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New Windsor man to serve 18 months for assaulting 3 officers

John Cleveland Warfield as sentenced to serve 18 months in jail and ordered to seek drug and alcohol treatment for assaulting three police officers. <a href="http://bit.ly/1SdyDe2">Full story</a>
John Cleveland Warfield as sentenced to serve 18 months in jail and ordered to seek drug and alcohol treatment for assaulting three police officers. Full story(HANDOUT)

A New Windsor man who assaulted three police officers last year was sentenced to serve 18 months in jail and ordered to seek drug and alcohol treatment while incarcerated.

John Cleveland Warfield, 33, of the 1900 block of Dennings Road, pleaded not guilty but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts to one count of second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer and two counts of second-degree assault.

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Warfield was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but 18 months suspended for second degree assault of a law enforcement officer, a felony, and 5 years with all but 18 months suspended for each misdemeanor second degree assault count.

On Oct. 28, two Westminster Police Department officers responded to East Green Street, where Warfield was living, for a report of a suicidal person, according to the statement of facts read into the record by Circuit Court Chief Attorney Allan Culver.

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The officers talked to the caller, Warfield's girlfriend, and noticed Warfield unconscious on the floor in the bathroom, according to Culver. Warfield's girlfriend, who had called 911, said he had consumed a lot of alcohol that day.

While an officer was assessing Warfield's condition, Warfield stood up and began yelling at the officers to get out of the residence and when they tried to explain they were there to provide assistance, he began assaulting them, shoving one against the wall, Culver said.

The officer regained control and attempted to restrain Warfield, but Warfield punched him in the face and continued fighting after a third officer arrived, according to Culver. Warfield also tried to grab one of the officer's guns.

Warfield also made threats to the officer while being escorted to a transport van, Culver said.

"[The officers] really showed a great deal of restraint in terms of what they could have done," Culver told Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Fred S. Hecker.

Public defender Diane Lach said the situation could have been a lot worse and Warfield acknowledges that he has an alcohol problem and needs help.

She said after consulting with her client, they both believed it was best for him to be sentenced to the local detention center so he can participate in the drug and alcohol treatment program there.

Hecker said Warfield may owe the officers his life because of the way they handled the volatile situation.

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