A person suspected of taking part in a secondary position within the 2019 housebreaking of a Stafford pawnshop the place seven weapons had been stolen, accepted a plea cut price Monday wherein he was convicted of conspiring to steal a single firearm and sentenced to 3 years in jail, data present.
The person, Adam F. Miller, 28, who has listed an tackle on Mountain Road in Vernon, has been in jail, unable to put up bond, since Nov. 21, 2019, the day he was charged within the pawnshop housebreaking, on-line state data present.
That point will likely be credited in opposition to his sentence. Stealing a firearm is taken into account a non-violent crime, which means that Miller will likely be eligible for parole after serving half his sentence, which will likely be lower than two months from now.
Miller seems to have been down the street at a quick meals restaurant when the 30-second housebreaking occurred on the Simon Says pawnshop round 8:50 p.m. on Sept. 14, 2019, based on proof recited in an affidavit by Stafford Resident State Trooper Michael Buck.
Safety cameras recorded the housebreaking, however the burglars wore hoods, masks, and gloves in heavy rain, based on the trooper, who doesn’t quote any witness as making a constructive identification from the surveillance photographs.
The trooper quotes Miller as saying, nevertheless, that he dropped off Damien Garcia, now in his mid-30s, and Lawrence A. McEwen Jr., now 39, each of Vernon, at a restaurant close to the pawnshop — and that Garcia and McEwen later confirmed off weapons they’d stolen on the store.
Garcia, McEwen, and McEwen’s brother, Jonathan N. McEwen, who’s now in his early 30s and has listed an tackle on East Essential Road in Vernon, are going through expenses within the pawnshop housebreaking. All three are additionally going through associated federal expenses.
Lawrence McEwen is suspected of throwing away a .40-caliber pistol throughout a police chase earlier than his arrest on Sept. 17, 2019, authorities say. He later instructed authorities that he and Garcia had been planning to go to Hartford to commerce the pistol for heroin, based on a federal agent’s affidavit.
Garcia and Lawrence McEwen declined to assist investigators recuperate the weapons, the agent added.
Jonathan McEwen is suspected of being on the quick meals restaurant with Miller when the pawnshop housebreaking occurred, based on Buck’s affidavit.
Jonathan McEwen pleaded responsible in September to a federal cost of possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony and is awaiting sentencing, scheduled for June 4 in U.S. District Courtroom in Hartford.
He was free on bond for a time, however U.S. Justice of the Peace Decide Robert A. Richardson despatched him again to jail in October after discovering he had violated bond circumstances and was unlikely to abide by any such circumstances.
Lawrence McEwen is being held on the Hartford Correctional Middle in lieu of a $200,000 bond, on-line state Division of Correction data present.
Garcia, who’s going through a number of lesser state instances along with the pawnshop housebreaking, is free on a promise to look in courtroom, based on on-line state courtroom data.
Along with the cost of conspiring to steal a firearm, Miller was convicted in his plea cut price of second-degree threatening and third-degree felony mischief in earlier incidents, on-line state courtroom data present. He acquired a concurrent one-year jail sentence for the threatening and acquired an unconditional discharge, which means no punishment, for the felony mischief.
Detailed on-line data of all of Miller’s instances had been sealed from public view for a while till Monday’s sentencing for causes that aren’t recognized.