BRISTOL – A New Britain man accused of smashing the windows to two vehicles that were parked on Main Street in Bristol in 2017, rifling through them before leaving his blood behind for investigators to find, is looking to take a plea bargain.
Julio Montalvo, 34, appeared Friday in Bristol Superior Court, where his attorney, Peter Matthews, said his client has been offered a plea bargain that would involve both prison time and probation. Montalvo, Matthews continued, is looking for a deal that would include only prison with no probation.
Matthews called it a “reasonable” request and was granted a continuance to negotiate a new deal.
Montalvo faces two counts of third-degree burglary after allegedly breaking the windows to two vehicles that were parked outside a business on Main Street in the overnight hours between Aug. 15 and 16, 2017, according to the warrant for his arrest.
According to police, the complainants in the case said they both worked at the same business and, after finishing their shifts, found that someone had smashed their car windows and gone through the vehicles. One of the victims said a cell phone had been stolen from his car, but he could not produce a serial number for police. Investigators were not able to log it as stolen property because of that.
Police found blood on one of the windows. Detectives took a sample and sent it to the state lab.
The results came back to police in July 2018, which showed that the blood belonged to Montalvo, according to the warrant. Montalvo was not charged until September 2018.
After being charged in that case, Montalvo allegedly failed to come to a scheduled court hearing and was subsequently arrested on failure to appear charges. He has been held in custody since.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.