Patrick Bousquet of Chicopee gets 2½ years in jail for slashing man with bottle in Westhampton



Last modified: Wednesday, December 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Chicopee man was jailed Tuesday after admitting in court that he smashed a bottle over another man’s head and slashed his neck at a party in Westhampton in May.

Patrick Bousquet pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury. Judge Mary-Lou Rup sentenced him to 2½ years in the Hampshire County House of Correction followed by two years probation.

First Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Steven E. Gagne had recommended two to four years in state prison followed by two years probation. Bousquet’s attorney, Daniel R. Bergin of Springfield, asked Rup for a sentence of 2½ years in jail with 18 months to be served.

Rup told Bousquet that he was lucky to avoid a state prison sentence because of the severity of the crime, but she gave him the lighter sentence because he was young and had been charged, but not convicted, of other violent crimes.

“This is the time to turn your life around, otherwise you’re headed to state prison,” Rup said.

Gagne said that a doctor who treated the victim said if the wound to his neck was any deeper, it might have been fatal. “I don’t know if Mr. Bousquet, sitting here today, knows how close he came to facing a charge of murder or manslaughter,” Gagne said.

Gagne said Bousquet and the victim were among approximately 30 guests at a party May 4 at the home of Raymond Zachary Paquette in Westhampton when the attack occurred. Bousquet and his girlfriend, Sokah L. Marrero, were leaving around 2 or 3 a.m. when the victim allegedly said to her, “Goodbye froggy girl,” referring to an establishment where she had once worked.

Bousquet and his friends may have misunderstood the comment, Gagne said, because an argument ensued that involved many people. Bousquet then walked up behind the victim and smashed a glass bottle on his head, causing a cut, and then slashed the side of his neck with the jagged edge of the broken bottle.

Bousquet left the party and the victim, who was bleeding profusely from the neck, was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Gagne said. It took a dozen staples and two sutures to close his neck wound and six staples to close the wound on his head, Gagne said.

State Police investigated the crime by interviewing young people who were at the party. Two of them, Marrero and Paquette, now face charges for lying to police and a grand jury.

Gagne said Bousquet has a history of violence. He has been charged with punching a man and vandalizing the man’s truck in 2012, although he was not convicted. There are also charges against him pending in Holyoke District Court after police said he and another man punched a man until he fell to the ground and then kicked him repeatedly on March 17, 2013.

Bergin said that while Bousquet has been charged, he has no adult convictions on his record. He described Bousquet as very remorseful. Alcohol was involved in the incident and Bousquet never imagined striking the victim with the bottle would result in such significant injuries, Bergin said.

Bousquet has been held in jail on $10,000 bail since his arrest in May and he will get credit for 225 days of jail time already served. When he is released, he must stay away from the victim, participate in anger management training, attend Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings twice a week, undergo substance abuse treatment as directed by the Probation Department, avoid drugs and alcohol, submit to random screenings, and pay any restitution the victim seeks. “I think it’s important for you to pay for what you’ve done,” Rup said.

Gagne said that the victim did not request restitution and had no preference about the sentence.

When Bousquet was led out of court, he smiled and waved to 10 friends who came to support him. Among them were Paquette and Marrero, who appeared in Superior Court later Tuesday afternoon for a status hearing on their own cases related to allegedly lying about the events of May 4.

Paquette, 21, of Westhampton, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of misleading police after he allegedly lied during two interviews with State Police.

Marrero, 20, of Holyoke pleaded not guilty to one count of perjury for allegedly giving false testimony to a grand jury during its investigation of the incident, according to the district attorney’s office.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.


 


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