Massachusetts man pleads guilty in Wallingford carjacking, sentenced to 1 year in prison

Massachusetts man pleads guilty in Wallingford carjacking, sentenced to 1 year in prison



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WALLINGFORD — A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty to a carjacking at a Route 5 gas station earlier this year and was sentenced to one year in prison. 

Juan Laporte, 32, of 101 Fernwood St., East Longmeadow, pleaded guilty Friday to attempted third-degree robbery, third-degree reckless endangerment, and third-degree assault. He was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended after one year, followed by three years probation. 

Laporte was also ordered not to have any contact with the victims. 

The January incident began when a woman driving on Interstate 91 saw a one-car accident and stopped to see if anyone was hurt. Laporte said he was hurt and the woman said she would drive him to the hospital, according to police.

When the woman pulled into Sunoco, 810 S. Colony Road, Laporte grabbed her purse and tried to get her car keys. Laporte knocked the woman to the ground during a struggle, and a man inside the store came out and kicked Laporte to get him off the woman.

Laporte then drove away in another car, injuring the owner of the car and a bystander who both tried to stop him.

Laporte crashed a short distance later and tried to run away. He was detained by three men who witnessed the incident until police arrived.

Several of the people involved reported minor injuries but declined medical attention. An officer received an injury to his neck and left hand.


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