BRISTOL – A Bristol man accused of slashing another man’s face in December, leaving him permanently disfigured, could be looking to take a plea bargain.
Mike Rivera, 28, allegedly slashed the 29-year-old victim’s face while the two were walking along Burlington Avenue, near Lewis Street, on Dec. 18, according to the warrant. He faces charges of second-degree assault, attempted first-degree assault, second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.
Rivera appeared Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, where his attorney, Kerry Robair, said state prosecutors are reviewing the case before making a plea bargain offer. Robair inquired as to whether a program, which could address another case Rivera has pending, could be completed in jail – indicating the plea bargain could include a component of incarceration.
Rivera, who is being held on $100,000 bond, is due back in court on Aug. 2.
The victim, who at the time resided with Rivera, said the two began arguing.
While walking to a nearby gas station, the victim said he could hear Rivera following him and calling him names. He used his cell phone to call 911 at about 12:30 a.m., when he suddenly heard Rivera run toward him, he told police. Holding a box cutter, Rivera allegedly punched the victim a number of times and slashed his head and face, according to the warrant. He was able to tell dispatchers he was being attacked.
According to the victim, during the attack, Rivera told him “That ain’t nothing. There is a bullet with your name on it.” Rivera also allegedly said that his uncle works for the FBI, “implying he wasn’t going to get in trouble,” the warrant said.
Rivera fled as police arrived. An officer used a K-9 to track him, but police could not find him.
The victim was taken to the emergency room at Bristol Hospital, where he was treated for serious head and facial injuries, according to police. The attack will leave permanent scarring and disfigurement on his face and head, investigators wrote in the warrant.
According to the warrant, this is not the first time Rivera and the 29 year old have been involved in a domestic violence incident. Rivera was arrested on Oct. 1, 2017, for striking him with a baseball bat. He later pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault and was sentenced to six months in prison.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.