Failed Court Break Gets Man 3 Years

An Ansonia man who was facing some minor charges will be spending three years in prison after trying to break out of a courthouse last fall and assaulting a judicial marshal in the process.

On Oct. 21, Eric Kycia, 22, of Ansonia, tried to break his way out of a Derby courthouse using a broken shackle and sliced judicial marshal Brian Mauro on the head in a holding cell in the basement of Superior Court in Derby.

Kycia was able to free himself from his leg irons before a court appearance on charges in connection with failing to appear for a court date and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He pretended to be sick and did not respond when a judicial marshal called him.

When Mauro, went to check on Kycia, he sprang to his feet with what appeared to be a knife in his hands, Senior Assistant State's Attorney Charles Stango, said.

Kycia was originally charged on relatively minor misdemeanors, but that quickly grew into a felony charge of assault on a public safety official and misdemeanor escape from custody.

Wednesday, he was sentenced to three years in prison.

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