July 20, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Paul Jarvey (508) 368-7241
WORCESTER — A 20-year-old Worcester man was sentenced to state prison today after pleading guilty to assault and weapons charges following a violent struggle with a police officer over a loaded gun, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
Superior Court Judge Janet Kenton-Walker sentenced Jonathan Beeman to five years to five years and a day in prison with three years of probation to follow after he pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and single counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest and firearms charges.
Assistant District Attorney Sarah B. Richardson recommended a sentence of five to six years in prison. Beeman’s attorney asked for three to five years.
Beeman was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on Oak Avenue near Belmont Street by Worcester Police about 2:05 p.m. on Oct. 21, 2014. As Beeman stepped from the vehicle, an officer noticed that had gun tucked into his waistband.
A struggle ensued and, after several minutes, Beeman was finally subdued by the officer and a National Guardsman who came to his aid.