Bristol woman, accused of selling drug to alleged drug dealer, offered 2 plea bargains

Published on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 20:26
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@muszynskiBP

BRISTOL - A city woman accused of selling a gun to an alleged drug dealer has been offered two plea deals that would send her to prison for at least two years.

Sharon Burns, 55, of 62 Academy St., appeared Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court, where she said her attorney, who was not present, asked that she be granted a continuance.

“I don’t believe a word she says,” Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, said.

During the hearing, Lee offered Burns two plea bargains and said she has until March 7 to accept or reject them - at which point the case would either be resolved, proceed to a hearing where a judge could offer his own plea deal or head to trial. The first deal would include eight years in prison, suspended after service of two years, and three years’ probation. The other deal would include three years in prison and no probation.

Both deals would involve Burns pleading guilty to charges of stealing a firearm, illegal transfer of a firearm and first-degree failure to appear, Lee said.

Burns, who is free on $5,000 bond, was first arrested in July after a raid of a Farmington Avenue home on May 3 turned up drugs and two guns. Authorities also later charged Burns after finding she had illegally sold one of the guns to Roger Tuscano, 46, who was arrested during the raid, police allege.

While her charges were pending, Burns twice didn’t show up to court for her scheduled hearings, and has been arrested on two counts of first-degree failure to appear.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 20:26. Updated: Wednesday, 7 February 2018 20:29.