Southington man accused of threatening 2 people, stealing car during burglary applies for program

Published on Monday, 7 October 2019 16:08
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI @MuszynskiBP

SOUTHINGTON - A Southington man arrested twice in April for allegedly threatening to kill two people and stealing a car during a burglary is seeking a program that could keep several charges off his record.

David Badgley, 30, applied for the Supervised Diversionary Program during a hearing last week in New Britain Superior Court. He is due back in court on Nov. 18 to learn if he is eligible for the program and if a judge feels it’s appropriate for his cases.

The program is reserved for defendants who report having a psychiatric or emotional issue that could have contributed to the conduct that got them arrested. Should it be granted, the diversionary program could last up to two years and would include psychiatric or emotional treatment. Cases are dropped when defendants are successful in the program.

According to judicial records, Badgley, who is free from custody, has several cases pending. In one of his matters, he was arrested on April 11 following a dispute when he was a passenger inside a motor vehicle. During the incident, police said, Badgley pulled a passenger’s arm back, causing an injury, and then threatened to kill both the passenger and the driver.

Badgley was then dropped off at his home, where he allegedly continued to threaten both victims through text messages. He was arrested later in the day and charged with second-degree threatening, third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace.

On April 28, Badgley was arrested again after allegedly entering a building where he had been prohibited from going because of a protective order that was issued following his previous arrest, according to police. Inside the building, police said, Badgley took a set of car keys and left with the vehicle.

Police said he later admitted to taking the car and running out of gas. Badgley told officers where this happened, and the vehicle was recovered without any damage. Officers also found that he had a suspended license.

In that matter, Badgley was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny, violation of a protective order and operating while under suspension.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Monday, 7 October 2019 16:08. Updated: Monday, 7 October 2019 16:11.