BRISTOL - A Plainville man, accused of claiming ownership of a stolen handgun that was found in Bristol, has applied for a program that could spare him prosecution.
Bry Huey, 27, filed an application for the suspension of prosecution during a hearing Monday in Bristol Superior Court. The program, designed specifically for firearms cases that are considered “not of a serious nature,” can allow for court officials to suspend the prosecution of Huey’s case for as long as two years - while he is supervised on a pretrial form of probation.
Should the program be granted, Huey would be required to avoid any new arrests and abide by any other conditions set forth by a judge. Success in the program would result in the case being dropped.
In addition to not having a previous firearms-related conviction, Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, said he is also asking that Huey make a $2,500 contribution to a fund set up to help crime victims. Huey will learn on July 26 if a judge feels the program is appropriate. He has 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, he did not have a pistol permit.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.