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Jul 2, 2014

Cop found guilty of assaulting his ex-common-law wife

Ronald Sutherland

Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith has sentenced convicted police officer Ronald Sutherland to four years two months in prison after finding him guilty of wounding, aggravated assault with a machete and threatening words upon his estrange common-law wife Tanisha Ortiz.  Ortiz testified that on the night of September 26th, 2013, an irate Sutherland came home and stoned her with a charger apparently because her cell phone had gone dead and she was not answering his calls.  She further testified that he punched her in the face and head and then he grabbed a pair of machetes and continued attacking her.  In his defense, Sutherland claimed that he never laid a hand on Ortiz that night and that when he got home, she was acting strange and that she smelled of alcohol, as if though she was intoxicated and then she suddenly ran out of the house and he set chased behind her and tried to get her back into the house.  Sutherland was sentenced to two years each for the wounding and aggravated assault with a machete and two months for the threatening words.

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