Former RPD officer convicted of assault set to be sentenced

Updated: September 16, 2019 07:39 AM
Created: September 16, 2019 07:01 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The former Rochester police officer convicted of beating an innocent man is expected to be sentenced Monday.

A judge found Michael Sippel guilty of misdemeanor assault for attacking Christopher Pate in May 2018. Officers arrested Pate in what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.


The Rochester Police Department fired Sippel in June, a month after his conviction.

Sentencing was originally scheduled for August 16 but was adjourned to Monday. Sippel faces up to a year in jail.

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