Hand gesture in Plainville leads to threatening conviction, suspended jail sentence

Published on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 13:58


PLAINVILLE – A Waterbury man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to threatening a Plainville resident when he made a shooting motion with his hand.

Marcos Carrasquillo, 35, accepted a plea deal during his hearing in Bristol Superior Court. He pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree threatening and was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended, and 18 months of conditional discharge. During that time, Carrasquillo has been ordered not to contact the complainant.

In exchange for the plea, charges of first-degree harassment, disorderly conduct and first-degree criminal trespassing were dropped.

According to the arrest warrant, Carrasquillo’s ex-girlfriend complained to her new boyfriend – the complainant in the case – on May 7 that Carrasquillo was at her apartment and would not leave. The current boyfriend was inside the apartment and the ex was at the door, the document continued.

Eventually, Carrasquillo left and went to his car. As he did this, the current boyfriend approached the apartment’s doorway and saw Carrasquillo making a shooting gesture with his hand, the warrant said. The complainant said this made him fear for the safety of himself and his girlfriend.

Additionally, the complainant told police, the gesture had more meaning because he received a message on Facebook several weeks prior from Carrasquillo in which he allegedly threatened to kill the current boyfriend and his ex girlfriend, according to the warrant. Police viewed this message as part of the investigation.

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

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 13:58. Updated: Tuesday, 30 January 2018 14:00.