Judge denies motion to dismiss charges against co-owner of Nathan Bill’s in 2015 assault case

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A judge has denied the motion to dismiss charges against John Sullivan, co-owner of Nathan Bills Bar and Restaurant, in connection with an assault that allegedly took place outside the bar in 2015.

Four people were allegedly attacked in what the Attorney General’s office called a “brutal beating” by five off-duty Springfield police officers following an altercation inside Nathan Bill’s.

Sullivan is charged with multiple assault and battery charges, as well as a conspiracy charge in connection with the case. He pleaded not guilty to those charges in Springfield District Court Tuesday morning, after the judge denied the motion to dismiss them. Sullivan is now due back in court on March 15.

Last week, the five police officers who were allegedly involved in the assault pleaded not guilty and were released on personal recognizance with the condition that they stay away from the victims and turn over any personal weapons to state police.

Sullivan has been released on the same condition that he stay away from the victims, but he does not have to turn in any personal weapons to state police.

Sullivan’s attorney Jared Olanoff argued that the fight didn’t happen outside of Nathan Bills, but rather in a parking lot a few businesses down. Olanoff also said the state failed to establish probable cause, and did not make it clear how Sullivan was involved or how he was identified as being part of the incident.

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