Plea entered in gun case


TORRINGTON – A Torrington High School student pled guilty recently to charges he carried a concealed BB gun into the school in May.
Dakota Shahinian, 18, of Torrington, was scheduled to appear in Municipal Court here on Tuesday. Torrington City Attorney James Eddington said Thursday Shahinian entered a guilty plea prior to the start of the trial.
Municipal Court records showed Shahinian was fined $600 plus $10 court costs on the charges, with $300 suspended. He was also placed on six months unsupervised probation as part of his
plea agreement.
The charges stemmed from a May 17 incident at the school, according to a Torrington Police Department report by School Resource Officer Lawrence Curtis, received Wednesday under a Freedom of Information Act request from The Telegram. According to the report, a teacher and student approached Curtis in his office about 1 p.m.
The reporting student’s name has been withheld due to age.
The student claimed fellow student Logan Harris, listed as a witness, along with Shahinian, had given him a ride home for lunch that day. The unidentified juvenile stated that, when he attempted to enter Harris’ vehicle, Shahinian produced a BB gun from his backpack, cursed at and threatened him, saying, “Don’t f*** with me or I’ll shoot,” and told him to “sit in another spot.” The juvenile stated Shahinian then produced a plastic bag containing BB’s and began loading the gun.
In a subsequent interview, conducted Monday, May 22, Harris contradicted the juvenile’s statements, saying Shahinian had offered to show them his new BB gun. Harris reported he didn’t see Shahinian, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, load the gun and didn’t hear him make any threats.
Curtis further reported he interviewed Shahinian later in the day on May 17 and Shahinian initially denied having a weapon in his backpack. After Curtis said he “needed to look in the bag,” according to the report, Shahinian replied that he did have a pellet gun, magazine and pellets and that he’d “accidently left the gun in the bag and forgot it was there.”
A charge of carrying a concealed weapon in a secondary school is a misdemeanor, carrying a maximum fine of $750 and a maximum of six months in jail.

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