Meriden man accused of brandishing gun during Southington drug deal gone awry pleads guilty to lesser charge, avoids prison, probation

Published on Friday, 28 June 2019 14:25
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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SOUTHINGTON - A Meriden man accused of pointing a gun at someone in Southington during a drug deal gone bad has pleaded guilty to a significantly reduced charge, avoiding both prison and probation.

Raymond Cuevas, 24, accepted a plea deal Friday in Bristol Superior Court. The deal was reached between Cuevas’s attorney, Forest Green, and state prosecutors.

Prosecutors agreed to come off of more serious charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree reckless endangerment. Cuevas pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine to second-degree breach of peace - a misdemeanor. An Alford plea means Cuevas disputes the allegations but acknowledges he could likely be convicted after a trial.

Prosecutors on Friday said they came off the felony robbery charge because it was not a provable offense. No gun was recovered during the investigation, prosecutors added.

Cuevas was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended, and a year of conditional discharge. During that year’s time, he has been ordered to avoid further arrests and initiate no contact with the complainant.

According to prosecutors, the incident, which occurred in a car, was captured on surveillance footage. What happened inside the vehicle could not be determined by the surveillance, prosecutors said.

According to police, Cuevas pointed a gun at the victim after it was realized that Cuevas had tried using a $20 bill that was counterfeit. The confrontation occurred April 18 in the midst of the complainant selling Cuevas a small amount of marijuana in the Citgo gas station parking lot on Main Street, police said.

According to police, officers located Cuevas shortly after he drove away from the drug deal. Using the vehicle’s registration information, police found the car and spoke to a woman who was driving it. She said Cuevas had borrowed the car.

Police were able to locate Cuevas, who admitted that he used a counterfeit $20 bill in an attempt to buy marijuana from the complainant. He denied pointing a gun at anyone or owning a firearm.

Police said a gun could not be found.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Friday, 28 June 2019 14:25. Updated: Friday, 28 June 2019 14:27.