Trial date set for Utica police officer accused of assaulting firefighter

Jacob Penree appears in Utica City Court on May 30.

A trial date has been set for the Utica police officer who is accused of assaulting a Utica firefighter.

Posted: Sep. 12, 2018 4:56 PM

A trial date has been set for the Utica police officer who is accused of assaulting a Utica firefighter.

Jacob Penree was charged with third-degree assault back in May, and his trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 9 in Oneida County Court.

Police say Penree was off-duty when he allegedly started a fight with a firefighter on Culvert Court on May 12. According to the criminal complaint, Penree’s alleged victim was repeatedly kicked and punched in the face.

Penree was suspended without pay following the incident, and he rejected a plea offer that reportedly would have required him to do community service but not serve any jail time.

Penree is a 10-year veteran of the Utica Police Department.

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