BRISTOL - A New Haven man pleaded guilty to harassing a Bristol woman and threatening to kill multiple people, including a child, with a shotgun.
Michael Durso, 48, accepted a plea bargain on Friday that exposed him to as much as a year in prison. During a hearing in Bristol Superior Court, he pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree threatening.
Durso was released on a promise to appear so he could enter an inpatient substance abuse program. Court officials said he could face a year in prison if he doesn’t do well in treatment. He could also earn a suspended sentence if he’s successful in the program.
Durso’s sentencing will not be scheduled until he is finished with the program.
According to the arrest warrant in the case, a Bristol woman called police on Sept. 28 and said Durso, her ex-boyfriend, had been harassing her, calling her every couple of days even though she hasn’t answered. The woman called police that day because she said Durso had sent her multiple threatening text messages.
In the messages, the warrant said, Durso allegedly told the woman he would kill her and her new boyfriend. Durso, the warrant said, later mentioned their child in common, saying “…(her) to(sic), ur (sic) dead.”
Durso, the warrant continued, also said he had a “fully loaded” shotgun.
“I swear I will kill you,” he told his ex-girlfriend, according to the warrant.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.