Man sentenced for assaulting officer

A federal inmate in Rhode Island will serve more than two years behind bars for assaulting an officer.

Earl Francis Hart, 53, an inmate at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison for assaulting a federal correctional officer in February.

Hart was convicted in October by a federal jury in Boston on drug trafficking and firearms charges.{}

Officials said correctional officers at the Wyatt Detention Facility went to the cell where Hart was housed on Feb. 1 to lock him down following an alleged assault on another inmate.

Hart refused commands to turn around and allow the officers to handcuff him. He then punched one of the officers repeatedly and continued to throw punches at four other officers who worked to subdue him.

Hart pleaded guilty on Nov. 8.