Bail lowered for Meriden man charged with shooting gun on bar porch

NEW HAVEN — A Meriden man accused of firing four shots from a handgun on the porch of a Meriden bar had his bail lowered to $200,000 during an appearance in Superior Court on Wednesday.

Alan Nerbonne, 26, of 86 Park Ave., was arrested on Dec. 7 and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge, criminal possession of a firearm and illegally carrying a dangerous weapon.

Police say Nerbonne fired four shots from a handgun while on a porch at Ryder’s on Main, 467 W. Main St., on Dec. 7, after he got into an argument with the bar owner and a bouncer. A witness told police Nerbonnne threatened to come back to the bar to shoot someone. During Nerbonne’s arraignment Dec. 9 in Meriden Superior Court, Judge Phillip Scarpellino set bail at $750,000.

On Wednesday, Nerbonne’s attorney, Tamara DeBerry, said her client was not a flight risk, has a child on the way and his previous convictions were for non-violent offenses. Judge Maureen Keegan lowered bail to $200,000, though DeBerry said Nerbonne’s family could only afford to put up $75,000.

In setting bail, Keegan said Nerbonne has a “substantial felony record” and is facing two charges that carry a mandatory prison term. The case was continued until Jan. 15.

During the hearing, the bail commissioner said Nerbonne is on probation for a 2010 conviction for hindering prosecution. That case involved the shooting death of a Waterbury nightclub bouncer. Andre West of Meriden was ultimately convicted of murder and sentenced to 33 years in prison in the Waterbury case.

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