Former officer sentenced

Published 9:18 pm Friday, March 11, 2016

A former Suffolk police officer has been sentenced to an additional two years of incarceration stemming from an August domestic violence incident.



Nicholas Mark Thompson, 35, will serve two years of a five-year sentence for unlawful wounding, which was amended from a strangulation charge as part of a plea agreement. Circuit Court Judge Robert H. Sandwich Jr. handed down the sentence in court Friday morning.

The incident happened Aug. 19 at a home in the 100 block of Toddsbury Lane. The victim said Thompson showed up that night and “had been drinking” and was agitated, according to court documents. She told police he choked her and held a gun to her head.

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He also sent her a series of text messages calling her demeaning names, according to court documents. Included in the messages is an apparent reference to Suffolk Police Department management that reads, “The command won’t care. They know you crossed me.”

Thompson’s employment was terminated Aug. 21.

Most of the charges from the incident were prosecuted in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. He was found guilty on two charges in the lower court — one from a separate incident on Aug. 15 — and is serving a two-year sentence for those charges as well.

Jill Harris, of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, was the special prosecutor on the case. She said Friday in court that the victim had been advised of the plea agreement and was in agreement with it.

Thompson will have to complete a batterer’s intervention program while incarcerated, Sandwich ordered. He’ll also be on probation for an undetermined amount of time following his release.