A former New York City police officer who lost his job for assaulting a pedestrian in a fit of road rage while on-duty in the Bronx, was spared a prison sentence by a judge and given five years probation.
Former NYPD officer, Marc Rios, was sentenced to five years probation earlier this month after a March 2009 road rage incident in which he struck pedestrian John Roperto, 34, in the face with his baton.
According to the New York Daily News, the assault took place after Rios' speeding patrol car almost struck Roperto as he was walking through the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.
Upset at almost being run-down, Roperto slapped the vehicle with his hand and then proceeded to shout profanities at Rios. All of which prompted an enraged Rios to stop his police cruiser and confront the agitated pedestrian.
The brief but heated verbal altercation ended abruptly when Rios' struck Roperto in the face with a baton, sometimes referred to as a nightstick, and then sped away in his patrol car without reporting the incident or seeking medical assistance for the now severely wounded Roperto.
The assault left Roperto with a broken nose and cheekbones.
After pleading guilty in court to the assault in June, Rios' was fired from the police force.
At the time of his dismissal from the NYPD, Rios' was a 13-year veteran of the police force.
Rios returned to court on August 5 for sentencing and was given a sentence of five years probation as the result of a plea deal with the Bronx District Attorney's Office.
After the sentencing, Rios' lawyer, John Pappalardo made a public statement in which he said, "It was an unfortunate incident. He accepted responsibility and is looking forward to putting this whole incident behind him."