SOUTHINGTON - A local man accused of threatening to kill a woman in her sleep is looking for a better plea deal.
Michael Walcott, 44, turned down a deal offered by prosecutors at a hearing Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. The terms of the deal were not disclosed publicly.
Walcott’s attorney was granted a request for a pretrial hearing, at which a judge can offer his own plea bargain. That hearing is scheduled for July 1.
Walcott was arrested on Nov. 7, 2018, after police responded to a 911 call from a house on Flanders Road, according to police. Both the caller and the victim reported hearing the sound of a gun racking during the incident.
Racking a handgun is done by moving the slide of the firearm to allow a cartridge to move from the magazine into the chamber.
According to police, the racking sound was heard after Walcott allegedly threatened to kill the woman in her sleep. He then chased her upstairs, where she ran into a bedroom and closed the door, police say. Despite reports of the sound of a gun being heard, no one saw Walcott with a firearm, according to police.
Police found a gun in the house that they say he is not allowed to possess, having had a prior felony conviction.
Walcott, who is free on $10,000 bond, faces charges of second-degree threatening, disorderly conduct and criminal possession of a firearm. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.