Man pleads guilty to brutal assault outside Southington bar

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NEW BRITAIN — A Bristol man pleaded guilty to a 2018 assault outside a Southington bar and restaurant and is scheduled to be sentenced in November.

One of the victim’s relatives told police he was hospitalized for five days with a skull fracture and hemorrhagic contusions to his brain, according to an arrest warrant.

Landin Rutledge, 24, of 16 Union St., Bristol, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault this week. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 16 in New Britain Superior Court. 

The assault occurred around 1:45 a.m. on Aug. 19, 2018 after Rutledge was involved in an argument with a group of men at 75 Center, a downtown Southington bar and restaurant, the warrant said.

Rutledge and another man were escorted out of the bar and the argument escalated outside as two groups of men walked to the parking lot behind Bank of America and the American Legion building, the warrant said.  

Witnesses told police Rutledge struck a man in the side of the head in the parking lot, causing him to fall to the ground unconscious, the warrant said. Rutledge then kicked the man in the head while he was unconscious. Rutledge and others then ran to a vehicle parked in the lot and were detained by police.

A second injured man suffered a cut above his eye that required stitches.

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