Park City man sentenced for assault and battery
A Park City man accused of assaulting a woman and nearly running her over with his car near the Snyderville Basin Recreation Fieldhouse was sentenced this week in Summit County’s Third District Court.
Brian J. Minchey, who is 37 years old and lives in Park City, was sentenced for attempted aggravated assault and sexual battery, both Class A misdemeanors. Third District Court Judge Paige Petersen ordered Minchey to serve 18 months of court probation, complete 50 hours of community service and pay $750 in fines. He pled guilty to the charges in July.
According to court documents, law enforcement officials were dispatched to the Basin Fieldhouse on Feb. 6 after a woman claimed to have been assaulted at Minchey’s home and afterwards as she was walking along Highland Drive.
The victim said Minchey choked and punched her in the hand before she left his house on foot. While she was walking westbound along Highland Drive, she said Minchey’s truck came within inches of striking her causing her to fall into the snow.
The woman claimed Minchey drover past her several times yelling that “the cops better not get called because no one’s life needed to be ruined.”
Minchey was originally charged with two counts of aggravated assault, forcible sexual abuse, tampering with a witness and sexual battery.
Summit County Prosecutor Joy Natale said Minchey’s plea bargain was the result of negotiations between herself and Minchey’s attorney following a preliminary hearing in April.
“We discussed it with the victim and she was cooperative, but didn’t want to see him do any jail time,” Natale said. “Her concerns were more treatment-oriented and that’s kind of how we arrived at the negotiated deal.”
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