Former Cranston police chief pleads no contest in assault case

Former Cranston Police Chief Marco Palombo appears in Providence Superior Court, Monday, Feb. 2018. (WJAR)

Former Cranston Police Chief Marco Palombo on Monday pleaded no contest to a charge that he assaulted his wife in their home.

"I feel terrible about what happened," Palombo told NBC 10 News while leaving Providence Superior Court. "There was so much emotion. I love my family…I hope they can forgive me."

Palombo was facing charges of domestic simple assault and disorderly conduct regarding an open-handed slap against his wife's head in November.

According to one of the initial police reports obtained by NBC 10, Palombo's wife told responding officers that he, "hit me as usual, and she couldn't do this anymore."

The state recommended that the disorderly conduct charge be dismissed and that the former chief plead no contest to the simple assault charge.

Assistant Attorney General Daniel Guglielmo told the judge that Palombo's wife is in agreement with his plea agreement.

As part of the deal, the former police chief would have had to surrender any guns he owns, but told the judge he did not own one.

The judge sentenced Palombo to one year of probation.

Palombo is forbidden from having any contact with his wife or an adult daughter, who was present at the time of the assault, for the duration of his sentence. He must also take part in a batterer’s intervention program.

Palombo has not been living with his family. At his arraignment in December, he gave the court an address in West Warwick.

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