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West Haven man gets 18 months in domestic incident

February 26, 2019

MILFORD — A West Haven man accused of holding a woman against her will and assaulting her has been sentenced to serve a year and a half in prison.

Police arrested Mercer last June after they said he held a woman against her will and robbed of her jewelry during the a domestic incident. He has been behind bars since.

He pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine to a charge of first-degree assault in December before Judge Peter Brown.

A plea made under the Alford Doctrine means Chase doesn’t admit his guilt but concedes he could be found guilty of the crime if he went to trial.

The judge offered Mercer a plea deal calling for an eight-year prison sentence to be suspended after he serves 18 months in prison, to be followed by five years of probation.

In court Thursday, the victim thanked the judge and lawyers involved in the case — and asked to be allowed to have contact with Mercer again.

The judge noted that a condition of Mercer’s probation calls on him not to threaten, harass or assault the victim.

He reiterated that condition to Mercer and warned him to follow the rules when he is released from prison.

“Obviously she loves you, she cares about you,” the judge said. “I’m still concerned. I have eyes. I can see. But this is the agreement. So I sincerely hope that this all works well.”

“Thank you. I appreciate your time,” Mercer told the judge during the sentencing.