BRISTOL - A city man accused of threatening to shoot his neighbor, and the manâ€™s wife and dog, is not eligible for a first-time offender program.
Raymond Binns, 48, appeared Friday in Bristol Superior Court, where Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, said he is trying to make a â€śself-defense claim.â€ť Lee encouraged him to seek an attorney, advising him that his self-defense explanation would â€śfailâ€ť during a trial.
Lee also told Binns he is not eligible for a first-time offender program, declining to elaborate in open court on what disqualified him.
Binns has been charged with first-degree threatening, second-degree breach of peace and allowing a dog to roam at large. According to police, Binnsâ€™ dog was seen in a neighborâ€™s yard on May 24. The neighbor confronted Binns about it and, during the conversation, noticed Binns was allegedly holding a revolver.
According to police, Binns, while holding the gun, allegedly threatened to shoot his neighbor, the manâ€™s wife and his dog. At no point did he point the gun at the man, police said.
Police responded to the home after the neighbor called 911. Officers seized a handgun that was in Binnsâ€™ home.
Lee on Friday told Binns, who is free on a $5,000 non-surety bond, that he cannot have the gun back until the case is resolved. He was granted a continuance until Aug. 17.
â€śGive some thought about getting some representation at that time,â€ť Judge John Cronan told Binns.
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