RI trooper pleads no contest to assaulting suspect
A Rhode Island State Police trooper has pleaded no contest to using physical force against a man detained on a traffic violation.
Trooper James Donnelly-Taylor, 38, of Warwick, was sentenced Monday in Kent County District Court to a one-year filing and ordered to perform 25 hours of community service.
A filing is when the case is put aside for a year and if the person stays out of trouble for a year, then the case is eligible to be expunged and destroyed.
Donnelly-Taylor assaulted Lionel Monsanto on Feb. 26 after arresting him for driving with an expired license.
Donnelly-Taylor, who has been with the state police for five years, has been suspended with pay.