Groom arrested for assault at wedding reception

Frank Redding (Police photo)

A 32-year-old Cranston man who was arrested at his own wedding reception was sentenced to six months in jail.

Police said Frank Redding pleaded no contest to simple assault and battery, as well as vandalism charges, in court on Monday.

Authorities said Redding got in an argument with a family member when he was outside The Pines Restaurant in North Smithfield for his wedding reception on Saturday.

He was also confronted by management for drinking alcohol on the premises that has not been sold by the venue.

“At that time, he chased the staff member back into the facility, threatening to kill him,” police said. “Once inside, he could not locate the particular staff member he was looking for. He began breaking bottles and throwing chairs around the facility. He threatened to kill staff members and then assaulted another employee.”

Redding, who was previously on 11 years probation for other domestic charges, was ordered not to contact the victim. He is also no longer allowed at the restaurant.

Along with jail time, Redding was ordered to pay back the restaurant for damages he caused.

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