PLAINVILLE - A Plantsville man accused of assaulting his father, stealing thousands of dollarsâ€™ worth of tools and passing out in a car while on methadone during separate incidents was sentenced in New Britain Superior Court Tuesday.
Jason Bednarz, 28, was sentenced to a flat sentence of 18 months in prison after withdrawing his previous not guilty pleas and pleading guilty to then substituted charges of third-degree assault in the assault case, criminal trespass in the burglary tools case and reckless driving in the methadone case.
The third-degree assault plea was under the Alford Doctrine which is when a defendant doesnâ€™t agree with all the facts in the case, but pleads guilty to avoid going to trial, which could result in a harsher sentence. Bednarz was represented by attorney Kerry Robair.
According to state prosecutor Elizabeth Moseley, in the assault case, Bednarzâ€™s 65-year-old father noticed his son was under the influence of drugs and wouldnâ€™t hand over keys to a car that he was asking for on Aug. 18, 2018. Bednarz then punched and kicked his father.
In the burglary tools case, Bednarz was an employee at a Natural Systems in Plainville and believed by the owner to have stolen power equipment from the business on June 20, 2018. The owner later said he believed someone else took the equipment, but had told Bednarz to stay away from the business, Moseley said. Thatâ€™s why no larceny charges and a criminal trespass charge was pursued by the state.
In the methadone case, Southington police noticed Bednarz unconscious in a car on Sept. 21, 2018, and were told by him that he took 120 mg of methadone. Methadone is a synthetic drug similar to morphine that is often used as a substitute to morphine and for treating heroin addiction. There was no other evidence than Bednarzâ€™s admission in the case, which is why other charges werenâ€™t pursued, Moseley said.
Bednarz has another case pending in Meriden Superior Court scheduled to for Friday. This sentence is to run concurrently with any sentence imposed in that Meriden case, Judge Maureen Keegan said.