Tuesday the case of the so-called sleepwalking robber was on the docket in a New London courtroom.
A 27-year-old man allegedly attempted to rob an 81-year-old woman at Mohegan Sun earlier this year and his New Haven based attorney told the court the defendant, Winston Riley of Bridgeport may have been sleepwalking when he attempted to snatch the woman’s purse at knifepoint. The woman resisted, police said, and Riley fled.
Monday, Riley’s attorney told Montville Patch the sleepwalking defense may not be “viable.”
“We talked to an expert,” said attorney Tina D’Amato. “It’s really difficult to test someone like that using a sleep study for a month, you know to prove that it happened. It’s not looking like a viable defense) at this point, but we’re not letting it go.”
Riley, who was released from jail on $85,000 bond, was charged with first-degree attempted robbery, threatening in the second degree, attempt to commit larceny and attempt to commit assault on an elderly victim. His plea of not guilty was entered in March.
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Frank Glenn Bergman, who was the target of a several months-long child pornography investigation, is back in court today where he faces second-degree child pornography possession.
Bergman was originally also charged with promotion of a minor in an obscene performance and obscenity but that charge is not listed on the state judiciary. But the possession charge, a felony, mandates that a “person found guilty shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of which two years of the sentence imposed may not be suspended or reduced by the court.,” according to state law.”
Bergman, 24, of 203 Simpson Lane, saw his home searched after investigators from the Hartford Police Department and the FBI’s Computer Crimes Task Force obtained a warrant in late April. Investigators suspected Bergman was distributing and receiving images and videos of child porn using the Internet.
The charge means Bergman allegedly had more than 20 but less than 50 “visual depictions of child pornography.” He has pleaded not guilty.
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A Mohegan Sun dealer who was charged in May of 2011 with marking cards with his thumbnail and cheating the casino out of hundreds of thousands of dollars is again due in court Thursday. Bong Louie, 38, of Norwich, has seen his case on the docket 16 times since February; with one pre-trial motion after another filed. Louie was one of several men involved in the cheating scheme.
Louie is facing four felony charges including two conspiracy charges and a charge of cheating and attempting to commit larceny. He bonded out on $10,000. He has pleaded not guilty.