Charges reduced for immigrant in East Haven clash

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An Ecuadorian man has been allowed to plead guilty to reduced charges in a case stemming from an encounter with an East Haven police officer who has since been convicted in an abuse scandal.

With the felony conviction removed, 32-year-old Edgar Marin now hopes to persuade a judge to stop deportation proceedings and let him stay in the United States.

Marin, a legal resident, was arrested in June 2011 following a scuffle with police officer Dennis Spaulding. He struck a plea agreement that led to his conviction on a felony charge of assaulting an officer.

In January Spaulding received a five-year prison sentence for conspiring to violate the constitutional rights of Hispanics and using unreasonable force.

A court on Monday approved a reduction of the charge against Marin to misdemeanor interference.

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