Man’s drinking binge leads to prison time

NORWICH – A Norwich man pleaded guilty Monday to stealing two vehicles in about a 24-hour-period.

During the second incident, District Attorney Joseph McBride said the defendant wrecked a stolen pick-up and was nearly shot by troopers after he took a handgun from inside the truck and tucked it into his pants.

Robert V. Shenise Jr., 26, Norwich, pleaded guilty to fourth degree grand larceny Monday for stealing a vehicle. He had also pleaded guilty to fourth degree grand larceny and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated in January, for stealing another vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

“This defendant went on quite a tear; he’s lucky to be alive today,” said McBride. Following a rollover accident, police say Shenise placed a handgun he stole in his pants.

“He had a gun in his waistband and the officers for a brief second thought the defendant might have been reaching for it and almost shot him,” McBride told the court.

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