PLAINVILLE - A local man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to threatening several family members, saying he would kill one of them and seriously injure others.
Anthony Pizzitola, 35, of 344 South Washington St., accepted a plea deal that spared him prison time and included two years of probation. State prosecutors said he was given a suspended sentence that involved misdemeanor charges because of the support the victims showed for Pizzitola, and because he has seemingly gotten control of his alcohol problem.
According to police, Pizzitola sent multiple threatening text messages to four family members on June 24. In one of the messages, according to the police report, he said he was going to burn down the house where he resides, which is owned by someone from his family. In another message, the report continued, Pizzitola referenced killing one victim, breaking another’s neck and breaking another’s jaw.
Additionally, he referenced “digging up” his guns, according to the report.
On Tuesday, Pizzitola pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of second-degree threatening. He was originally offered a plea deal that would have involved a felony charge. Two counts of first-degree harassment were not pursued.
Pizzitola was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended, and two years of probation. While on probation, he has been ordered not to commit any violent acts toward the complainants.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.