Cambridge man convicted on 6 counts of assault and battery on corrections officers

(WHDH)– A Cambridge man accused of assaulting corrections officers was sentenced Wednesday to spend 4 to 5 more years behind bars.

Stephen Gittens, 58, was found guilty by a Middlesex Superior Court jury of six counts of assault and battery on a corrections officer, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

Gittens repeatedly assaulted corrections officers at the Middlesex Jail and House of Correction between February and July 2017.

On February 17, prosecutors said he punched an officer after returning from a court appearance.

On March 23, he allegedly tackled a corrections officer into a metal cabinet. When three corrections officers came to assist their colleague, Gittens proceeded to physically assault them as well.

Over the course of this five-month period, four corrections officers sought outside medical treatment for injuries sustained while attempting to transport Gittens from his scheduled court appearances.

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