NEW BRITAIN - On the eve of his trial, the president of a local motorcycle club pleaded guilty to an assault charge and will face a three-year prison term for his role in a fatal December 2015 shooting.
Jose Bauza, 34, of 449 Glen St., the president of the Untamed Ryderz motorcycle club, was at the club at 450 South Main St. in December 2015 when gunfire broke out.
Investigators said that Bauza-Negron and others were at the club which was operating as an illegal after-hours bar at 4:50 a.m. when 37-year-old Benny Rosado pointed a gun at club member and “acted aggressively” toward others in the immediate area.
The other man fired at least eight shots at Rosado, striking him several times. Bauza then hit Rosado over the head with a bottle as he lay bleeding on the ground and hid Rosado’s gun before police arrived. Rosado was taken by private vehicle to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Video surveillance cameras captured the entire sequence of events including Bauza hitting Rosado with the bottle, police said.
Although several people were charged with various offenses related to the shooting, no one was charged with murder in Rosado’s death.
Bauza was charged with second-degree assault, tampering with evidence and carrying a pistol without a permit. He was set to take his case to trial today but instead pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and tampering with evidence.
In exchange for the guilty pleas, New Britain Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander will sentence Bauza to 10 years in prison, suspended after three years served when he returns to court on March 21.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.