BRISTOL - A city man was sentenced to a year in prison on Tuesday for stealing a $4,000 ring from a woman.
Elijah Johnson, 23, of 107 Federal St., accepted a plea deal during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court. He pleaded guilty to one reduced count of fourth-degree larceny - a misdemeanor - under the Alford doctrine. He had been charged with third-degree larceny - a felony.
An Alford plea means Johnson disputes some of the allegations but acknowledges prosecutors likely have enough evidence to convict him. These types of pleas are entered to avoid a possible harsher penalty after trial.
Prosecutors said the victim met Johnson through Facebook and arranged the sale of her ring. She met him somewhere on North Street on April 29, when he took her $4,000 ring and left without paying her, according to prosecutors.
It is unclear if the ring was recovered.
Prosecutors said Johnson was identified using a photo lineup.
The victim could not be reached by prosecutors for input on the case.
Johnson was sentenced on Tuesday to a year in prison, which will run concurrent with a two-year sentence for an unrelated case in another jurisdiction.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.