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Butler man pleas in cop assault

September 8, 2017 Digital Media Exclusive

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Joshua P. Luchkiw

A Butler man charged with injuring police officers while resisting arrest pleaded guilty in Butler County Court on Wednesday.

Joshua P. Luchkiw, 31, pleaded guilty in two cases to misdemeanor simple assault and summary disorderly conduct before county Judge Timothy McCune.

The plea agreement calls for a sentence of six to 18 months in Butler County Prison, $251.60 in restitution and a fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 5.

Luchkiw was initially charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor resisting arrest, which was later changed to the simple assault count per the plea, after an incident on Jan. 8

Butler City police said they began looking for Luchkiw after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend at the couple's home on Hickory Street.

The victim told officers that she was sleeping on the sofa when Luchkiw returned home drunk and angry and assaulted her, according to court documents.

When officers arrived and tried to take him into custody, he resisted, documents said.

A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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