LOWELL -- Lt. Thomas Siopes has reached an agreement with the city to accept a lesser punishment for his actions the night a woman died in police custody last year in exchange for halting his disciplinary hearing.
Siopes, who was recommended for termination by Police Chief William Taylor, was slated to have his disciplinary hearing resume Tuesday.
Siopes has agreed to a 90-day suspension and a 9-month loss of rank to sergeant, sources confirmed to The Sun.
He is the last of five officers recommended for steep discipline to reach deals with the city to forgo disciplinary hearings and potential lengthy appeals processes.
Prior to his hearing beginning, the city had offered a demotion plus a 180-day unpaid suspension to Siopes, The Sun had reported.
Siopes was recommended for discipline for allegedly not seeking medical attention for an unconscious Alyssa Brame, and for placing an unconscious Brame into a cell the night she died in January 2013. Siopes had said he would not have done anything differently, according to an internal investigation.
Brame, who went 66 minutes without being checked on in a police cell, died of alcohol poisoning.
Gary Nolan, Siopes' attorney, confirmed the settlement and said in a statement: "This was always a case that should've been settled. Unfortunately, some cases need to go forward in a public forum, and have uncomfortable facts come to light, in order to bring the parties together.
Nolan also said several high-ranking officials were prepared to testify that Siopes was one of the best supervisors they had worked with and the settlement will ensure he continues along the path.
City Manager Kevin Murphy said he was glad all five officers have now settled with the city.
"I think it is in the best interests of the city and Police Department that we resolved these issues and move forward," Murphy said.
Murphy acknowledged more work remains to be done in the department to address issues that came to light in the aftermath of Brame's death.
"I think we still have a lot of work to do as far as policies and training," Murphy said. "We are addressing those issues and (are) confident we will get better than we are now."
Taylor, who had promised Brame's mother "historic discipline" for those officers criticized by the Board of Inquiry, defended the settlements Murphy reached.
"I've never seen in my history in the organization anything close to this level of discipline dispensed to as many superior officers in this organization," Taylor said. "I would say it is historic."
Taylor said he also spoke with Brame's mother, Alice Swiridowsky-Muckle, Thursday night about the likely deal with Siopes.
"I wanted to express to her our sympathy and our acknowledgement that we were wrong and people were held accountable," said Taylor, who had previously apologized to Swiridowsky-Muckle.
The other four officers implicated in Brame's death by the Police Department's Board of Inquiry accepted the following punishments:
* Sgt. James Fay, who faced termination, accepted a demotion to patrolman for a year, plus a 60-day suspension.
* Sgt. Michael Giuffrida was facing a one-year unpaid suspension. He accepted a 15-day suspension.
* Sgt. Francis Nobrega, also facing a one-year suspension, accepted the same deal as Giuffrida.
* Lt. Michael Kilmartin, who was facing a demotion to patrolman plus a one-year unpaid suspension, accepted a temporary, three-month demotion to sergeant, plus a 45-day unpaid suspension.
Meanwhile, an FBI probe into whether police officials committed federal civil-rights violations the night Brame died is ongoing.
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