If you live in Connecticut, you now have to think twice before defending yourself.
A Bridgeport, Connecticut man who was assaulted by three black teenagers while working at a Dunkin’ Donuts will have to spend 18 months in jail for stabbing one of the attackers.
“I was defending myself,” Jeffrey Sumpter, 21, told Judge John Blawie on Monday morning at the Stamford courthouse when he was sentenced for stabbing one of the males in the leg last October. Blawie told Sumpter that he understood and believed his version of events, but had to sentence him under Connecticut law, which requires victims to retreat from their attackers.
Police said three juveniles entered the Dunkin’ Donuts and assaulted Sumpter before the altercation spilled outside. Police said Sumpter had a knife and stabbed one of the juveniles during the altercation.
Sumpter was convicted of felony first-degree assault and will spend the next 18 months in prison; Sumpter will have to spend three years following his jail sentence on probation, during which time he could be made to serve all or part of a three and one-half year prison sentence if he defends himself again.