Piqua man sentenced to prison in police officer assault

Albert Lewis (Contributed Photo/Miami County Jail)

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Albert Lewis (Contributed Photo/Miami County Jail)

A Piqua man convicted of assaulting a Troy police officer during a March disturbance was sentenced Monday to one year in prison by a Miami County judge who told him, "It's never OK to hit a police officer."

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Albert A. Lewis, 23, pleaded guilty in September to felony assault of a peace officer in a March 4 incident in which a police officer was hit in the face while responding to a disturbance at a house on Kent Lane in Troy. Police reported they had to use a taser on Lewis several times before getting him under control.

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Lewis said he wanted to apologize for his action and to apologize to the police officer, who was not in court.

Both Lewis and the officer received hospital treatment following the incident.

“All you had to do was simply comply with the police officer. He was trying to do his job,” Judge Jeannine Pratt told Lewis during sentencing in Common Pleas Court. “It’s never OK to hit a police officer. He’s there to protect and to keep the peace. You need to know that.”

Lewis was given credit for 86 days already spent in jail.

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