FAIRFIELD — A 57-year-old Fairfield man who faced three felony charges of threatening and assaulting an apartment manager in October 2012 was found guilty Tuesday of a single misdemeanor.
Michael A. Turner, an ex-con, faced a lengthy prison sentence if he had been found guilty of the felony charges.
After a two-day trial and after the jury’s rejection of the prosecution, Judge Robert Bowers sentenced Turner to three months of jail time. With credits for good behavior and for time served, Turner will likely do about 30 days behind bars.
The victim testified that Turner followed behind his car as he drove into the Fairfield Heights Apartment complex on Grande Circle. The victim said Turner got upset when he slowed for speed bumps and that Turner walked up to him as he parked his car, grabbed him by his throat for several seconds before letting go and walking off to a nearby apartment.
Turner was not arrested after the confrontation. He was arrested in January after the apartment manager spotted him while police were at the apartment complex on an unrelated matter.
Prosecutors tried unsuccessfully to convince jurors that the redness and small scratches police saw on the manager’s neck shortly after the confrontation with Turner amounted to assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury.
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