Bristol man gets 2 years for firearms possession; still facing narcotics charges

Published on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:02
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@muszynskiBP

BRISTOL - A Bristol man has been sentenced to two years in prison for illegally possessing of a number of guns, but he could be looking at more time behind bars for a number of narcotics charges he is facing.

Michael Bilodeau, 53, was handed down the sentence Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court after accepting a deal offered by state prosecutors in January, pleading guilty to one count of criminal possession of a firearm. A month after taking the deal, he was charged with three counts each of sale of narcotics and distribution of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school.

Bilodeau found himself in a unique jam, as his attorney, Jason Sucoll, had only been retained for the firearms case. He was unable to gather enough money to get representation on the narcotics charges, and Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, refused to give Bilodeau any more time beyond Wednesday without rescinding the original plea deal and starting all over again.

Bilodeau opted to go forward with his sentencing, receiving eight years in prison, suspended after service of two years, and three years of probation.

The narcotics charges are still pending and will have to be resolved separately. Lee said the plea deal offered in those cases would include serving five years in prison, but he did not indicate whether that sentence would run concurrent or consecutive to the one Bilodeau received Wednesday. He is due back in court next Monday.

According to state prosecutors, a statewide narcotics taskforce acquired a warrant to search Bilodeau’s home for guns after receiving a tip from an informant. During the search, on June 28, officers found a number of firearms in the home, including a shotgun and multiple pellet guns, Lee said at a previous hearing.

Because of a 2006 conviction for second-degree burglary, a felony, Bilodeau has been disqualified from having firearms, according to Lee.

Then, in February, Bilodeau was charged with a number of narcotics charges following an investigation by local police. The warrants in those arrests were ordered sealed immediately after being served.

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



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:02. Updated: Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:05.