BRISTOL - A city man has been convicted of threatening a woman with a knife in the presence of a teenager.
Donald Ouellette, 52, of 30 Carlson St., pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine to charges of first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree threatening, during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court on Thursday. An Alford plea means he disputes some or all of the allegations, but acknowledges he could potentially be convicted after a trial.
He was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended, and two years of conditional discharge. During the discharge period, Ouellette has been ordered not to threaten the victim or commit any acts of violence toward her. Because he has been convicted of a domestic violence offense, Ouellette can no longer legally possess a firearm.
In exchange for his pleas, charges of risk of injury to a minor and second-degree breach of peace were dropped.
Ouellette was arrested on June 14 after police were called to his home on the report of a domestic violence incident. Police said he was holding a folding knife when he told the victim, a woman, that he would kill her.
State prosecutors on Thursday said Ouellette told the victim he would kill her if she called police, saying he would leave her in a body bag.
A 13-year-old girl who lives in the home witnessed him making the threat, police said.
Court officials said Ouellette did well in counseling sessions that he attended with the victim.
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