SOUTHINGTON - A Plantsville man accused of assaulting an elderly person and stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools during separate incidents could be looking to take a plea deal.
Jason Bednarz, 28, will be offered a deal before his next court date on Sept. 17, prosecutors said Friday in Bristol Superior Court. This came after Bednarz’s attorney, Kerry Robair, asked that his client be offered a plea bargain.
During the hearing, Robair also waived his client’s right to request a bond reduction.
Bednarz was arrested by local police on Aug. 18, 2018, for allegedly assaulting an elderly person.
He faces domestic violence charges of third-degree assault on an elderly person, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct. The charges stem from an incident at his home the day of his arrest.
Police said Bednarz had an argument with the victim after the 66-year-old found him sleeping in a family vehicle with suspected crack cocaine and a glass smoking pipe. The argument escalated to a physical altercation, at which time police allege that Bednarz punched and kicked the victim while the 66-year-old was on the ground.
According to police, the victim suffered minor injuries and declined medical treatment.
Prior to the domestic incident, Bednarz was arrested by Plainville police and charged with stealing a number of power tools, worth thousands of dollars, from his former employer.
He allegedly took five chainsaws from Natural Systems, a tree removal business in Plainville, on June 20, 2018, according to the arrest warrant. In that case, Bednarz faces charges of third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespassing and third-degree larceny.
According to the warrant, Bednarz was an employee at the business and was let go about three to four months before the theft. The owner of the business, the document said, suspected him of a previous theft that caused a falling out between the two.
The owner on June 20, 2018, found that five chainsaws, worth a total of $3,600, were gone. Several witnesses told him that they had seen Bednarz on the property the day of the theft.
Bednarz has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.