Stamford man gets 15 years in double shooting

December 18, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - A Stamford man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for shooting a local couple who made a noise complaint.

Jonathan Ariza, 24, of Maple Avenue, Stamford, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree assault, criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit.

He was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin to 25 years, suspended after he serves 15 years and followed by five years of probation.

On Oct. 16, 2016, officers were called for a shooting at the intersection of Hudson Street and Capitol Avenue.

A large crowd gathered at the intersection scattered as officers arrived.

Police said a young woman and her boyfriend were taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center with gunshot wounds. They said the woman was treated and later released but her boyfriend spent more than a week in the hospital as a result of a more serious wound in his leg.

The woman told detectives that there had been a loud crowd outside her home and her boyfriend went outside to quiet them, police said. After a few minutes the woman looked outside and saw members of the crowd shoving her boyfriend, so she went outside to come to his aid. Police said she was in the process of trying to extricate her boyfriend from the crowd when the shots rang out and she and her boyfriend were hit.

Police said witnesses told them the shooter had fled in a tan sports utility vehicle. That SUV was later found abandoned but police said it was registered to Ariza.

Meanwhile, police said officers scouring the crime scene found a .40-caliber handgun that matched the caliber of the spent bullet casings at the scene.

The gun was later determined to have Ariza’s DNA on it, police said.

Court records show that Ariza was convicted in 2012 of possession of a pistol without a permit and possession of narcotics with intent to sell. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

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