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New London Superior Court Arraigns Man In Green Street Shooting

Javier J. Muniz facing multiple charges in June incident

has arraigned a 25-year-old man on multiple charges related to a June shooting on Green Street.

Javier J. Muniz, who has no certain address, formally entered not guilty pleas Monday to two counts of first-degree assault and one count each of first-degree reckless endangerment, illegal discharge of a weapon, criminal use of a weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm under the influence of alcohol or drugs, criminal possession of a pistol or revolver, and interfering with police.

Deputy Police Chief Peter Reichard said the shooting occurred at about 2:13 a.m. on the morning of June 24, when officers with the saw Muniz fire a weapon near a group of people in the area of 96 Green Street. Reichard said officers chased Muniz and arrested him a short distance away as he was trying to discard the firearm.

Two people suffered minor injuries in the incident. Police seized several items, including a Colt .38-caliber pistol and three shell casings.

Muniz was convicted of felony charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree robbery in September of 2005. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended after 20 months, and a five-year probationary period.

In August of 2007, Muniz was convicted of violating his probation and a felony charge of criminal possession of a pistol or revolver. Two months later, he was sentenced to 66 months in prison on the probation violation and a concurrent sentence of 30 months in prison, suspended after a year, with two years probation on the firearm charge.

Probation Officer Robert Amanti said in a report that Muniz was released from prison on March 2. Amanti requested an arrest warrant for Muniz four days before the shooting, saying he had committed probation violations including the use of illegal drugs, missing appointments with his probation officer and substance abuse counselors, and failing to keep his probation officer informed of his whereabouts.

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