Man charged in burglary, assault in Bristol must resolve local case before answering to federal charges

Published on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 20:58


BRISTOL - A New Haven man accused of forcing his way into a Bristol home and assaulting the woman who lived there must resolve his local case before he can answer to federal narcotics charges.

Herson Gonzalez-Valenti, 38, has been charged with punching a woman in the stomach multiple times, while she pleaded with him to believe that she was not pregnant, according to the police report. He appeared Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court, where prosecutors said he will need to resolve his Bristol case before he can serve federal prison time.

Prosecutors said Gonzalez-Valenti has agreed to a plea bargain in a federal narcotics case. However, he is in the state’s Department of Corrections custody, where he will remain until his state-level case is resolved. Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, said prison sentences handed down in state courts usually cannot run concurrent with federal prison time, but he added that something may be able to be figured out for that to happen.

Gonzalez-Valenti has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree burglary, third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief

Officers responded to the victim’s home at about 4:30 p.m. April 22, after her mother contacted police. Police found Gonzalez-Valenti in the home when they arrived, but he insisted that he was allowed in to visit his 3-year-old daughter, police said.

When officers spoke to the victim, she said Gonzalez-Valenti had come to her home without permission to visit their daughter. As soon as the woman opened the door, he allegedly forced his way inside. He later allegedly found a photo of an ultrasound after the woman and her daughter ran upstairs and locked themselves in a bathroom.

The woman, who was not pregnant, said she tried to convince Gonzalez-Valenti that she was not expecting a baby, but he would not believe her, the report said. Now enraged, he allegedly began punching her in the stomach, she told police.   

Gonzalez-Valenti - who is being held on $75,000 bond - remained in the home for hours, the woman said, before she was able to send a text message to her mother, who contacted police.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or .

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 20:58. Updated: Tuesday, 12 June 2018 21:01.