Man gets 18 months in attack on police chief

WARREN — A Johnstown, Pa., man found guilty earlier this month on charges linked to the assault of the police chief in Brookfield was sentenced to 18 months in prison Thursday.

Raheem Brantley, 30, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Ronald J. Rice, who had some choice words for the Brantley as his sentenced was imposed.

“Police officers in this country have a difficult job to do every day. They put their lives on the line to keep order and protect all of the law abiding citizens,” Rice said. “We, as an organized law-abiding community, cannot and will not tolerate any assault of any kind on a police officer in the performance of his official duties.”

A jury of six men and six women deliberated for about two hours before finding Brantley guilty Jan. 10 on charges of assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Testimony in the short trial came from Brookfield police Chief Daniel Faustino, officer Jay First and Brantley. Faustino was punched by Brantley in the left cheek in October as he tried to run from questioning during a call for bad checks at Mr. D’s Food Fair on Warren Sharon Road.

Brantley, who took the stand in his own defense, testified he ran because he realized he was violating his federal parole from a 2013 forgery conviction. However, he denied any physical contact with the chief.

Rice took into account Brantley’s testimony while handing down the maximum penalty.

“The defendant has not accepted any responsibility for his actions and clearly lied while testifying as a witness,” the judge said.