Man sentenced to six years in prison in connection with Meriden shooting

Man sentenced to six years in prison in connection with Meriden shooting

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MERIDEN — A Waterbury man was sentenced to six years in prison in a 2017 shooting at the Red Room Grille that left one man injured.

Jessie Gray, 40, 25 Congress Ave., Waterbury, was originally charged with first-degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon, breach of peace, unlawful discharge of a firearm, and carrying a firearm without a permit.

Gray pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a firearm, a class C felony. On Tuesday he was sentenced to six years, followed by four years special parole. 

Numerous shots were fired inside the Red Room Grille on North Colony Road at about 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 18, 2017. While investigating, MidState Medical Center called police about a gunshot victim at the hospital, said police spokesman Sgt. Darrin McKay at the time of the incident. 

Officers responded to MidState and determined a man was shot inside the bar, located at 575 N. Colony Road,  and left before police arrived. The man was not critically injured. 

Police released security video of the suspect, who police later identified as Gray.

The following day, the owner of Feel Fresh Hair Studio, 65 W. Main St., reported Gray walked into the business and asked for a haircut. When he was told the barber had another client, Gray became combative, brandished a firearm, and threatened to shoot the owner, McKay said.

Officers located Gray later that day in Bristol and took him into custody. He was charged with second-degree breach of peace and first-degree threatening in the hair studio incident. Gray was released on $10,000 bond and officers worked to expedite the warrant charging him with the bar shooting, McKay said.
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