PLYMOUTH - A local man prohibited from having firearms, who has been charged with firing multiple guns outside his Lake Plymouth Boulevard home in front of two minors, is considering whether or not he wants to take a plea bargain.
Keith Bryant, 27, of 317 Lake Plymouth Blvd., was granted one continuance to consider the deal during a hearing on Tuesday in New Britain Superior Court.
During the hearing, Peter Matthews, Bryant’s lawyer, said the plea bargain was offered earlier in the morning. Matthews, who did not put the terms of the deal on the record, said he needs time to discuss it with his client before he makes a decision.
Judge Maureen Keegan marked the next hearing, scheduled for Oct. 8, as an “accept or reject” date - meaning Bryant has to either take the deal or formally turn it down and head down a route that include a trial.
Bryant has been accused of firing three rounds outside his home toward a stone wall that borders another resident's property on April 7, according to the arrest warrant. Police described the neighborhood as "tightly situated" in the warrant.
According to the warrant, a resident went to police with a minor the day the shots were allegedly fired, saying the minor had a video of Bryant using a gun. The minor, whose identity and age is not in the warrant, told police Bryant left his house holding two guns, one of which appeared to be a homemade pistol that fires shotgun shells. The other appeared to be a small "Deringer" style pistol, the minor said.
Bryant, the minor said, then fired both guns simultaneously at a stone wall on the property at 317 Lake Plymouth Blvd. He then fired another round from one of the guns, according to the warrant.
According to police, the video the minor had does not show Bryant shooting the guns, but does capture his father calling out to him and the sound of three gunshots. A second minor was on the property when the shots were fired, but did not want to have anything to do with the investigation, police wrote.
According to police, Bryant has been prohibited from having guns because of a second-degree assault conviction in 2015, when he stabbed his father in the chest. He faces charges of illegally discharging a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, risk of injury to a minor, second-degree breach of peace and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.