SOUTHINGTON - A Hartford man has been charged with violating his probation after allegedly telling a woman he would kill her.
Darius Thomas, 27, faces one count of violation of probation. The basis for the violation is his arrest in Southington on Dec. 19, when he allegedly sent a local woman numerous threatening text messages in a span of about half an hour, according to police.
Police said Thomas told the victim that he had recently acquired a gun and that he would shoot her and people close to her, police said. He has been held in custody since that arrest on charges of second-degree threatening and second-degree harassment.
On Friday, Thomas was charged with violating his probation. He is on probation after being sentenced to two years of probation in April. The sentence was handed down when Thomas was convicted of second-degree violation of conditions of release and second-degree failure to appear.
During a hearing on Friday in Bristol Superior Court, Thomas' attorney, Elisa Villa, asked that her client be released on a promise to appear, as he has been held in custody for about two months.
Judge John Cronan set bail in the probation matter at $25,000, citing the serious nature of the threat. He added that Thomas could request a bond review at his next court hearing, which is scheduled for March 4.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.