BRISTOL - A Plainville man has pleaded not guilty to charges he claimed ownership of a stolen handgun that was found in Bristol.
Bry Huey, 27, appeared Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court, where his attorney, Elisa Villa, suggested that a resolution to the case could be coming soon. She did not elaborate on the potential disposition, and the case was continued.
During the hearing, Huey pleaded not guilty to charges of illegal transfer of a firearm and sixth-degree larceny.
According to the arrest warrant in the case, Huey claimed ownership of a stolen gun that was found Sept. 19 at a home on Pine Street. Police that day received information indicating a local woman with mental health problems may have been in possession of a firearm.
Upon responding to the woman’s home, she denied having a gun or making any comments indicating she did. Police were eventually allowed by the woman to search her home for her safety, the warrant said.
Officers found 1,113 rounds of ammunition and a .22 caliber revolver -which was stolen from a Vermont gun store - in the woman’s bedroom, according to the warrant. As the discovery was made, the woman - who has not been charged - told police her friend, Huey, advised her not to let officers search her bedroom. She said he occasionally stayed at the household.
Huey later spoke to police and admitted to buying the gun about a month prior for $60 from a man in Southington, according to the warrant. He said he had no information about the seller.
Huey also said the woman who had the gun in her bedroom had no idea it was there. When the gun was found, Huey did not have a pistol permit.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.