SOUTHINGTON - A Bristol man has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars worth of metal from his former employer.
During a hearing Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, Jason Bolduc, 35, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree larceny. He had been charged with first-degree larceny.
Bolduc will be sentenced on Aug. 15, when he could be exposed to as many as two years in prison. His lawyer has the right to argue for a lesser sentence or no prison time at all.
According to the arrest warrant, Bolduc stole metal from Economy Spring, a local metal manufacturer at 29 DePaolo Drive, between April and November 2015. He was employed there during the thefts.
Police said the amount of metals stolen totaled about $162,000. Bolduc scrapped the materials, receiving $19,498 in return.
Bolduc, who is free on a $5,000 non-surety bond, admitted to police that he had committed the thefts, saying he needed to buy a black market medication for a family member who was terminally ill, according to the warrant.
According to court officials, the owner of Economy Spring wants Bolduc prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. He also wants restitution, as the company filed an insurance claim to recoup some of the losses and had to pay a $25,000 deductible.
Patrick Cooney, Bolduc’s attorney, said he’s hoping his client will have some restitution at the time of the sentencing.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.