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BB man guilty of battery on police officer

A Bradenton Beach man has pleaded no contest to battery on a law enforcement officer.

Zachary A. Gennell, 20, was placed on probation for a year and sentenced to 75 hours of service work, as well as ordered to take an anger management class. He also was required to be evaluated for drug use.

He was arrested a year ago in downtown Bradenton after a fight. The arresting officer said Gennell was combative, shouted profanity and racial slurs and spit at him.

Gennell also was judged guilty of disorderly intoxication.

His plea was entered in late September, canceling an October trial.

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