AUGUSTA — A jury on Thursday cleared a former city woman of a charge of assault but convicted her of refusing to submit to arrest.

Kristen Marie Hopkins, 26, now of Clinton, was sentenced to 24 hours in jail and was ordered to report to the Kennebec County jail at 6 p.m. Monday to serve that time.

According to an affidavit filed with the court complaint, the incident occurred March 17 in Augusta after police responded to a report of a car being stolen.

It turned out the person had been given permission to drive the car.

Hopkins was accused of assaulting a member of the Augusta Police Department.

“This case involved two Augusta police officers who are consistently respectful and courteous to the public and a credit to their profession,” District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said via email on Thursday. “I am thankful that the jury recognized that officers cannot and should not be mistreated.”

Hopkins, who was represented by attorneys Kevin Sullivan and Elizabeth Gray, maintained Libby acted in self-defense.

“She claimed from the very beginning she did nothing wrong,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said they sought a short stay to decide whether to file an appeal.

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