COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — A Coventry resident resigned his correctional officer position at the Adult Correctional Institute the day before pleading no contest to charges connected to pointing a handgun at his 28-year-old stepson during a 2014 dispute at his home, according to court records.
Kevin Donnelly, 53, was arrested May 17, 2014 and charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic disorderly conduct. An ACI spokesperson said he resigned his job June 16, 2015. Donnelly had been employed at the ACI for about 31 years. He was placed on administrative leave after his arrest.
He pleaded no contest to the domestic assault charges June 17, 2015, and the other charge was dropped. Court records state Donnelly’s three year sentence was suspended and he was put on probation for three years and ordered to undergo domestic abuse counseling. He was also told to have no contact with the victim.
According to the Coventry Police incident report, Donnelly was arrested by police about three hours after the confrontation at his home. Police said they were notified about “a possible case of domestic violence” but when officers arrived, Donnelly had left the scene.
The arrest report indicates Donnelly was suspected of using alcohol before the dispute and according to a news release he was “taken into custody without incident” at a Coventry hotel. Police said the handgun was located in Exeter at a relative’s home and seized as part of the investigation.