SOUTHINGTON - A New Britain man accused of stalking a Southington woman for an incident in May has been granted entry to a program that could allow him to avoid prosecution.
Gustaf Marks-Hamilton, 36, was placed in the Family Violence Education Program at a hearing in Bristol Superior Court Thursday.
According to court officials, Marks-Hamilton on May 26 went to the Southington home of an ex-girlfriend and climbed a ladder so he could peer through her window. He did so, they said, to see if she was with another man.
Court officials said the two had dated briefly between October and May in an “on-again-off-again” relationship. There were no allegations of violence or threats.
Jeffrey Lee, the prosecutor, called the allegations “somewhat concerning,” but he did not object to the program.
During the year-long program, Marks-Hamilton will be required to take domestic violence classes and avoid any contact with the woman, who also did not object to the diversionary program. If he’s successful with those conditions, charges of second-degree stalking, first-degree criminal trespassing and second-degree breach of peace will be dropped on July 17, 2018.
Court officials said Marks-Hamilton is also facing a violation of probation charge, stemming from a first-degree robbery conviction in Tolland Superior Court. The basis of the charge was the Southington arrest.
Marks-Hamilton could get as many as 11 years in prison in the violation of probation case.
He could still be found in violation and face prison time even if the Southington charges are dropped, Judge Richard Dyer warned him.
“It’s a separate legal matter,” Dyer said.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.