BRISTOL - A Bristol man who has pleaded guilty in a gun theft and a serious hit-and-run accident could be sentenced as early as next month.
Clayton Nogiec, 23, of 105 Delmar Drive, has pleaded guilty to stealing a handgun from a Bristol woman and seriously injuring a man who was walking his dog last August, according to judicial records.
The 23-year-old was scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Wednesday. His case was marked down as “awaiting disposition” and indicates he has pleaded guilty to charges of stealing a firearm, evading responsibility and operating under the influence.
Judicial records in the afternoon hours indicated Nogiec’s case was continued to Oct. 7.
A judge in February told the 23-year-old he would need to accept the plea deal by March or turn it down and head to trial.
Nogiec was first arrested on Aug. 24, 2019, after police say he struck a pedestrian who was walking his dog on Jerome Avenue, near Swanson Drive, and took off. He was later apprehended on Farmington Avenue after a Good Samaritan suspected his damaged vehicle was involved in an accident and called police, according to the police report.
Police said the pedestrian involved received treatment at an area hospital for serious injuries. The dog was taken to a veterinarian.
Judicial records indicate Nogiec was previously arrested for DUI in Manchester in 2017 and again in Bristol in February 2019.
In exchange for his pleas, charges of second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, failure to drive right and other offenses are expected to be dropped.
While he was being held on bond in the hit-and-run, a Glock 42 .380 and some ammunition were found in Nogiec’s bedroom by his mother, according to the warrant for his arrest.
The warrant says the owner of the gun, a Bristol woman, suspects it was stolen sometime in March 2019, when she heard what sounded like footsteps and suspected an intruder was in her home while she was showering. Thinking it may have been one of her two children, she called out and received no answer. She then heard the front door close and found a window open.
The woman did not report the incident to police, as she said she could not initially find anything missing. Her children both said they had not been the one who entered the home.
According to the warrant, the victim’s son knows Nogiec, who has been in their home numerous times. The victim was told by her son that Nogiec’s mother had her missing gun, the warrant continued.
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