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A New York City prosecutor accused of punching and choking an emergency medical technician as she tried to bring him to a hospital has pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced to 10 days of community service. Tracie Strahan reports.
A New York City prosecutor accused of punching and choking an emergency medical technician as she tried to bring him to a hospital has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Michael Jaccarino was sentenced Wednesday to 10 days of community service. He'll also undergo six months of alcohol treatment. He pleaded guilty to reckless assault, a misdemeanor.
Inside the courtroom, Jaccarino, 30, told a judge he does not remember being drunk and bleeding while walking into traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge last November. That's when paramedics responded, and prosecutors say once Jaccarino was in an ambulance, he unstrapped himself from a stretcher.
A court complaint says he hit technician Teresa Soler in the face and squeezed her neck with his hands. She was treated for bruises.
After the proceeding, Soler told reporters she believed Jaccarino had received preferential treatment.
Responding to Jaccarino's assertion in court that he's been an upright citizen for 20 years, Soler said, "So have I. Where's my justice?"
Jaccarino remains suspended without pay from the DA's office. He's worked there since 2008.