Most charges dropped after disorderly-conduct guilty plea in Sept. incident


A man entered a guilty plea to a Class 1 misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct in exchange for several other charges, including domestic violence, being dropped in connection with a September incident in Santa Rosa Crossings involving a woman, according to a court document.

Nicolas J. Branson, 35, was sentenced to one day in Pinal County Jail on the disorderly conduct charge with credit for one day already served, the document said. 

He may now apply to the court to have the judgment of guilty set aside because he has fulfilled the sentence by the court.

Branson initially also faced charges of assault (domestic violence), disorderly conduct (domestic violence), criminal damage (domestic violence) and preventing use of telephone in an emergency. Those charges all were dismissed, according to the court document.

Branson is suspected of punching and pushing the woman after throwing her cellphone across the street when he saw her calling 911.