30 Jul 2020 13:59

Moscow court sentences U.S. student to 9 years in prison for assaulting police

MOSCOW. July 30 (Interfax) - Moscow's Golovinsky District Court has sentenced Trevor Reed, a United States student and former marine from Texas, to nine years in prison, finding him guilty of resisting the police while intoxicated as he was being detained in summer 2019.

Judge Dmitry Arnaut said in handing down the sentence that Reed "shall be sentenced to nine years in a general-security penitentiary."

The court determined that Reed used violence against law enforcement officials.

According to the court filings, police received a report saying that a man was arguing aggressively with two women near 106 Leningradskoye Highway in Moscow on August 16, 2019.

A police patrol crew arrived at the scene and tried to calm the man down, but he began behaving aggressively and offered resistance.

The officers had to force the man into a police van and took him to the Levoberezhny police station. On the way there, Reed assaulted the driver, tore his uniform, hit his colleague, and provoked a dangerous traffic situation, a source said.

Once at the police station, the man was identified as Trevor Reed, a 28-year-old student born in Texas in the U.S., who was living temporarily in an apartment on Otkrytoye Highway in Moscow. A court sanctioned his custody while awaiting trial the next day.

When speaking in court, Reed did not admit any wrongdoing and claimed that he did not remember the incident, as he was drunk.