FARMINGTON — A Wilton man pleaded guilty Tuesday to assaulting two Farmington police officers last year.

Timothy M. Harvell, 43, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Superior Court to two felony counts of assault on an officer.

As part of a plea agreement, the state dismissed a lesser assault charge, and two charges of refusing to submit to arrest or detention/refusing to stop.

Justice Michaela Murphy set sentencing for Aug. 19.

If the case had gone to trial, witnesses would have testified that Farmington police responded to a report of a fight on Temple Road in June 2010, Assistant District Attorney James Andrews said.

When they arrived, they saw a man who they suspected had been involved in the fight and called for him to stop.

Witnesses would testify that Harvell was swearing at police and continued to walk away from them. They caught up to Harvell and tried to take him into custody and both officers were injured, Andrews said. Harvell punched officer Michael Adcock in the face several times, and Sgt. Shane Cote was assaulted when he tried to get Harvell to stop. Harvell fled the scene and was later apprehended, Andrew said.

The two charges were elevated because Harvell has two prior assaults on police officers, in 2003 and 2008, Andrews said.

Harvell told the court Tuesday that he had been through a rehabilitation program.

Andrews said the plea agreement calls for a sentence of five years with the Department of Corrections with all but 18 months suspended and four years of probation.

Harvell’s attorney, Curtis Rice, said he could be looking to lower the 18-month cap if all goes well between Tuesday and the sentencing hearing.

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