A Windsor man who fired seven rounds at a group of people near Constitution Plaza as thousands of people were leaving the Riverfront fireworks display last July has pleaded guilty and faces up to five years in prison.
Michael Robinson, 20, was not firing indiscriminately into the crowd leaving the fireworks, police said, but at a group of people that was nearby. Still, police called Robinson’s conduct brazen and reckless.
He pleaded guilty as part of a deal negotiated by his lawyer, John O’Brien, and prosecutor Vicki Melchiorre, to possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful discharge of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree criminal mischief.
No one was injured by Robinson’s gunfire on July 14, but bullets struck several concrete planters and a window of 1 Constitution Plaza, Melchiorre said. The cost of the damage to the window was $98,000, she said.
The gunfire broke out about five minutes after the annual fireworks show had ended and thousands of people were streaming out of Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Officers saw Robinson firing the gun from the upper level of the plaza, police said. The officers confronted Robinson and told him to drop the pistol.
Instead, he threw the gun down onto State Street, where it was later recovered, Melchiorre told Hartford Superior Court Judge Laura F. Baldini.
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Robinson faces a sentence of 10 years in prison, suspended after he serves fives years, and five years of probation. His lawyer will be able to argue for a lesser jail sentence.