Plainville man arrested with assault weapon may get diversionary program

Published on Saturday, 18 November 2017 21:53
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

STAFF WRITER

PLAINVILLE - A local man allegedly found with an illegal assault weapon will likely not be prosecuted.

Kristopher Stoff, 27, of 72 Ivy Drive, appeared Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, where he applied for a diversionary program. This application was in connection with a motor vehicle incident, but Jeffrey Lee, the prosecutor, said the firearm case will be treated in a similar fashion.

Stoff is facing charges of illegal possession of an assault weapon, risk of injury to a minor, third-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

According to police, Stoff was found with a .22-caliber Ruger pistol with a threaded barrel when police responded to his home in February. The threaded barrel allows for a suppressor - sometimes referred to as a silencer. In Connecticut, this feature is considered that of an illegal assault weapon.

Officers were went to Stoff’s home Feb. 26 after his wife called 911. The woman told police he had assaulted her following an argument the couple had.

Stoff is due back in court on Dec. 12, when a ruling will be made on his diversionary program application.

Lee on Thursday said, while having a gun that is capable of fitting a suppressor fits the criteria required for a possession of an assault weapon charge, he does not believe the charge is appropriate, given the circumstances. The charge requires a one-year minimum mandatory prison sentence. Stoff, Lee said, has no previous criminal record and will not be prosecuted on the firearm case if he is granted a program and completes it successfully.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at jmuszynski@bristolpress.com. On Twitter @MuszynskiBP.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Plainville on Saturday, 18 November 2017 21:53. Updated: Saturday, 18 November 2017 21:56.