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Wilton Man Who Shot Himself, Wife During Domestic Dispute Takes Plea Deal

Charles Garcia is facing five years in prison in the accidental shooting of himself and his wife during a domestic dispute. Photo Credit: Wilton Police
The shooting took place at this home at 35 Grumman Ave. in Wilton. Photo Credit: File

WILTON, Conn. -- A former Wilton man who accidentally shot himself and his wife during domestic disturbance in their home in November 2012 has accepted a plea deal, according to The Hour. 

Charles Garcia, 48, who appeared in court Thursday, will be sentenced April 21 after pleading guilty to first-degree assault, the Hour said. The maximum sentence that Garcia can receive is five years in prison and five years of probation, the Hour said. 

Garcia was initially charged with unlawful restraint and first-degree assault with extreme indifference to life.

At the time of his arrest, Wilton police said Garcia and his wife Michele, 39, were involved in a struggle over a hunting rifle on the morning of Nov. 26, 2012, while in the upstairs bedroom of their home. Both suffered injuries when it fired, police said.

In 2012, Wilton Police Capt. John Lynch said Charles Garcia was trying to keep his wife in the home and pointed the rifle at her. Michele Garcia grabbed at the weapon in self-defense when the firearm went off, he said.

Garcia spent several weeks at Yale-New Haven Hospital recovering from facial injuries. 

Read the full story here at The Hour. 

Read more about his arrest here at the Daily Voice. 

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