SOUTHINGTON - A Plainville man pleaded guilty on Monday to stalking two women.
Gregory Newcity, 22, accepted a plea bargain during his hearing in Bristol Superior Court, where he was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended after service of five months, and three years of probation. As part of the deal, he has been ordered to never contact the victim’s again.
Newcity pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree stalking and admitted to violation his probation - which stems from a 2016 public indecency conviction. In exchange for the plea, a number of charges, including harassment and an additional count of stalking, were dropped.
Newcity was first arrested May 2 after a woman who works at a Southington bar said he regularly visited the business and asked her personal questions, making her feel uncomfortable. On a previous occasion, according to police, Newcity left the bar and pulled his vehicle next to the victim's car, waiting for her to come outside.
The day of the arrest, the victim called her uncle because Newcity arrived at the bar and questioned her after she had previously told him she no longer worked there, in an attempt to get him to stop coming in. By the time the uncle arrived, Newcity had already left. The uncle told police he then saw Newcity drive by the business multiple times and later park in a nearby field.
Shortly thereafter, Newcity was stopped by police for a motor vehicle violation. When the victim's uncle responded to the scene to identify him as the stalking suspect, Newcity began yelling and beating his chest before punching himself in the face.
Newcity was arrested again in October after another woman filed a complaint about him to police on Sept. 23. She said she had worked with him for about two months at a pizza restaurant on Queen Street, and had no relationship with him outside of that.
After Newcity quit the business, the complainant told police, he continued to show up at the restaurant, sometimes just coming in to talk to her for hours. On April 17, Newcity visited the pizza restaurant and took the complainant’s eyeglasses and left the business.
Upon finishing her shift, the woman left the restaurant and headed to her vehicle, finding Newcity parked next to her. She said he began incoherently talking about “random subjects” and repeatedly asked her to get into his vehicle. The woman also said she declined his request to get into a dating relationship, but he “never seemed to understand she did not want to date him,” according to court documents.
At some point, the woman told police, Newcity “became enraged” because she would not get into his vehicle and he took out a knife and began cutting his shirt, from the collar area down to the chest area. He then continued talking for about five to 10 minutes, while still holding the knife, until he ripped off what was left of his shirt, the warrant said.
The encounter eventually ended without any injuries or threats, as Newcity agreed to surrender the woman’s eyeglasses and cell phone, which he had taken when she tried to call for help.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.