9-month sentence for woman who bit, struck officers

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QUINCY — A 23-year-old woman was sentenced to a little over nine months in jail Tuesday in relation to a February incident where she bit and struck police officers trying to remove her from a local funeral home where she was trying to open the cooler where bodies are kept.

Aldercy Brooks, also known as Aldercy Ramirez Espinoza, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and fourth-degree assault. She was sentenced to a total of 364 days, with 90 days suspended.

Police responded to a report of a woman trespassing at a Quincy funeral home and refusing to leave. Officers arrived at the scene and located Brooks by the cooler where bodies are kept, according to court documents.

Officers advised Brooks to exit the premises. When she didn’t initially comply, one of the officers attempted to grab her by the hand and escort her out, but Brooks reportedly began swinging her arms. In the ensuing struggle, Brooks and the two responding officers fell and knocked over a chapel chair, court documents show.

An officer attempted to gain hold of Brooks’ arm when he reported feeling a sharp pain in his inner thigh, which he wrote was “an obvious bite from Aldercy.” When the officer attempted to pull away, Brooks reportedly kicked him in the chin. Another officer was reportedly punched in the face during the struggle.

While trying to place Brooks in a squad car, she reportedly continued resisting arrest, said her mother’s funeral was taking place the next day and kicked an officer in the face.

According to the facility’s funeral director, Brooks had come to the funeral home to “see if her mother was there,” court documents show. The funeral director reminded Brooks that her mother had been cremated, and that Brooks and Brooks’ sister had authorized the cremation. When Brooks reportedly made her way to the temperature-controlled room where bodies are kept, the funeral director had to place himself physically between Brooks and the bodies, court documents show.

In court, Brooks lawyer noted that Brooks’ mother had passed away a week prior to the incident, and that the loss had contributed to her behavior. Brooks apologized in court for her actions.

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