The city man convicted of knocking a Youngstown police officer down with a blow to the face will spend the next 10 years in prison.
Shawn Green, 36, of East Florida Avenue, was convicted in July of assaulting Officer Bridget Quinn at a bar on South Avenue earlier this year. A jury of five men and seven women spent about two hours deliberating before finding Green guilty of felonious assault, assault, cocaine possession and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.
Green appeared Wednesday before Judge James Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for sentencing.
Jennifer McLaughlin, an assistant county prosecutor, recommended the 10-year sentence for Green, citing his past criminal record and what she described as a total lack of respect for law enforcement. Green has been arrested in the past for carrying concealed weapons and drug possession.
“His actions in this case as well as his history shows a total disregard for law enforcement. ... He punched Officer Bridget Quinn right in the face. She did not engage him. She did not provoke it. He punched her in the face,” she said.
Quinn did not appear at the sentencing hearing.
Police were called to O’Malley’s Bar on South Avenue for a fight about 8 p.m. March 15. When officers arrived, Quinn approached Green, who punched her in the face, causing her head to hit a wall, according to reports.
Police said Green then began fighting Officer Patrick Mulligan, stopping only when Quinn used a stun gun on Green and other officers responded to the scene.
Green reportedly had an extremely high blood- alcohol level and drugs in his system at the time of fight.
Green was found to have drugs on him when he was arrested, and he and both officers were taken to local hospitals for treatment.
Atty. Eric Jones, representing Green, told the court he realizes Green has been convicted of assaulting the officer, but said the punch is not the worst form of the offense of assaulting an officer. He noted that Green did not use a weapon and did not hit the officer more than one time.
Jones asked the court to impose a sentence less than the 10 years recommended by prosecutors.
Green declined to make any comment or statement.
Green will get credit for the 182 days he has spent in Mahoning County jail awaiting his trial.