Chicopee man sentenced to state prison for assault

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Published: 5/12/2018 12:08:06 AM

NORTHAMPTON — A Chicopee man was sentenced to three years in state prison Friday for punching his former girlfriend in a pharmacy parking lot.

Kevin J. McDonald, 45, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to charges of assault and battery on a family or household member and unarmed robbery.

On March 8, 2018, McDonald punched his former girlfriend, Tania Mazinski, while she was sitting in her car at the CVS Pharmacy on King Street, Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jennifer Suhl said in court. He then grabbed her wallet and after a brief struggle was able to take it and left, Suhl said.

Shortly after the incident, McDonald admitted to his mother that he punched Mazinski in the face and that he was planning to kill himself, Suhl said.

McDonald’s attorney, Rachel Weber, and Suhl presented Judge John Agostini with an agreed upon sentencing recommendation which included a 3-year state prison sentence on the assault charge and a 2 ½ year jail sentence on the robbery charge.

McDonald also admitted to a probation violation.

Agostini adopted the joint recommendation and sentenced McDonald to 3 years in state prison on the assault charge, 2 ½ years in jail on the robbery charge and 2½ to 3 years in state prison on the violation of probation. All sentences are to be served concurrently. McDonald will receive credit for 59 days already served.

Mazinski was in court Friday and read a letter aloud she wrote to McDonald.

“Kevin, I loved you and I thought you loved me too,” she said adding that she was in shock following the incident. “I hope you get the help you need.”

Emily Cutts can be reached at ecutts@gazettenet.com.

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