Bristol man, charged with threatening neighbors, not eligible for program: prosecutor

Published on Friday, 6 July 2018 20:26


BRISTOL - A city man accused of threatening to shoot his neighbor, and the man’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 “self-defense claim.” Lee encouraged him to seek an attorney, advising him that his self-defense explanation would “fail” 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, Binns’ dog was seen in a neighbor’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 man’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 Binns’ 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.

“Give some thought about getting some representation at that time,” Judge John Cronan told Binns.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Friday, 6 July 2018 20:26. Updated: Friday, 6 July 2018 20:29.