Southington man accused of threatening woman, racking gun must take plea deal or head to trial: judge

Published on Friday, 13 December 2019 16:05
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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SOUTHINGTON - A Southington man accused of threatening to kill a woman in her sleep must decide if he wants to take a plea bargain or head to trial.

Michael Walcott, 45, was arrested on Nov. 7, 2018, after two people reported hearing the sound of a gun racking during a domestic dispute at a home on Flanders Road, according to police.

The racking sound was heard after Walcott allegedly threatened to kill a woman in her sleep, police said. Police allege he then chased her upstairs, where she ran into a bedroom and closed the door. Despite the reports of the sound of a gun being heard, no one saw Walcott with a firearm, according to police.

Walcott appeared Friday in New Britain Superior Court, where his attorney, Dennis Mancini, asked for a continuance to further discuss with Walcott a plea bargain that has been offered. Mancini said he needed more time because of some unspecified complications, which were discussed in more detail in the judge’s chambers prior to the hearing.

Judge Maureen Keegan said she believes Walcott should be close to making a decision about either taking a plea bargain or heading to trial. She granted him a continuance until Jan. 22 to discuss the deal further with Mancini.

According to police, officers responded to the Flanders Road home after someone in the residence called 911. Both the caller and the victim reported hearing the sound of a gun racking following the alleged threat. Racking a handgun is done by moving the slide of the firearm to allow the first bullet to move from the ammunition clip into the chamber.

Police found a gun in the home that they say Walcott was not allowed to possess based on a prior felony conviction. He is free on $10,000 bond and has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree threatening, disorderly conduct and criminal possession of a firearm.

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



Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Friday, 13 December 2019 16:05. Updated: Friday, 13 December 2019 16:08.