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Gouveia Vineyards during the grape harvest on October 2, 2011. (Stacey McCarthy/For the Record-Journal)

Two arrested for firing rifle near Gouveia Vineyards


WALLINGFORD —Two men charged in connection with an incident last month involving rifle rounds fired near Gouveia Vineyards are due to appear in court next week.

One of the rounds struck the house of Joe Gouveia, owner of the winery.

Robert Marra, 56, of 131 Cooke Road, and Christopher Wellington, 33, of 185 Old Stagecoach Road in Meriden, were charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, according to Lt. Marc Mikulski, police spokesman.

Both men turned themselves into police Monday after they were notified of the arrest warrants.

“They’ve cooperated with us from the beginning,” Mikulski said.

Police responded to the vineyard about 8 p.m. March 16, after winery staff reported hearing gun shots in the area. The vineyard, at 1339 Whirlwind Hill Road, was open at the time.

Police scanned the area, eventually finding Marra and Wellington target shooting with Marra’s new rifle, Mikulski said.

After the incident, Gouveia told the Record-Journal that a bullet went through his home while someone was inside.

“That’s enough to scare anybody,” he said.

Gouveia said Marra apologized.

“I’m satisfied with an apology,” Gouveia said. “I just hope it doesn’t happen again.”

Both men were released on a promise to appear at Meriden Superior Court on April 25.

aragali@record-journal.com (203) 317-2224 Twitter: @Andyragz



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