Bar fighting newlyweds get community service, must write letter of apology to police

The Cazenovia newlyweds who made headlines last September after they got into a bar fight and were arrested on their wedding night have been given 50 hours of community service and ordered to write a letter of apology to the Cazenovia Police Department as a consequence of their previous behavior.

Richard J. Bradley, 24, and Ashley P. Stowell, 23, both of Cazenovia, were given this sentence during their latest court appearance on Dec. 18 in front of Town Justice Timothy A. Moore.

According to police reports, Bradley and Stowell were arrested on their wedding night, Sept. 13, after village and county law enforcement officers responded to a call of a large fight in progress at Henneberg Tavern between a group of white males and females and a group of black males, apparently as the result of racial slurs. Both Bradley and Stowell resisted arrest at the time, with Stowell being so agitated that she was handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car and eventually pepper sprayed. Bradley was held at the Cazenovia station before being charged by the sheriff’s department with one count of disorderly conduct. While Bradley was in the Cazenovia station holding cell, however, he urinated on the wall. The couple spent their wedding night in the Madison County Jail.

Bradley and Stowell appeared in village court on Nov. 6 and, although their case was adjourned until Dec. 18, Bradley was arrested in the courtroom by Cazenovia village police and charged with criminal nuisance in the second degree for urinating on the police station holding cell wall.

Moore levied the community service sentence against them on Dec. 18, and admonished them that “this conduct is highly irregular” and adjourned their case until Feb. 5.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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