Man guilty in assault on Brookfield police chief

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Defendant Raheem Brantley of Johnstown, Pa.  testifies in his trual Monday afternoon before  Judge Ronald Rice...by R. Michael Semple

010917...R BRANTLEY 4..Warren...01-09-17... Defendant Raheem Brantley of Johnstown, Pa. testifies in his trual Monday afternoon before Judge Ronald Rice...by R. Michael Semple

WARREN — A Trumbull County jury on Tuesday found a Johnstown, Pa., man guilty in the October assault of the Brookfield police chief.

The jury of six men and six women deliberated for about two-and-a half-hours before rendering the decision in the courtroom of Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice.

Raheem Brantley, 30, was found guilty on a felony charge of assault on a police officer as well as a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge. Rice scheduled sentencing for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Brantley could face a maximum of two years in prison.

Testimony in the trial came Monday from Brookfield police Chief Daniel Faustino and officer Jay First, who described how Brantley punched the chief in the left cheek in an attempt to flee from questioning after two women were arrested after a passing bad check call at Mr. D’s Food Fair, 7156 Warren Sharon Road. Brantley was riding in a car that had dropped the women off and was parked outside the Subway restaurant.

In taking the stand in his own defense, Brantley said he ran because he realized he was violating his federal parole from a 2013 forgery conviction. However, the defendant denied striking the chief or even pushing him during his attempted escape.

The jury believed the testimony of the two officers, as prosecutors only had their testimony to work with since any dashcam videos were not turned on because the cruiser’s lights were not activated, First testified.

Faustino said he did not get treatment for the bruise caused by the punch and instead focused on the treatment of Brantley, who was stunned in the head by First’s Taser during his apprehension.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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