NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A News 8 followup today to a story we first brought you as it was breaking last December; the man who brought handguns and an assault rifle to the University of New Haven pled guilty today to various charges.
William Dong, 23, pled guilty today in Milford Superior court to charges including possession of an assault rifle, and 2 counts of having a firearm on school grounds.
It was December 3rd, when Dong was spotted with the guns, and someone called 911. That sparked a massive police search, and a 4-hour lockdown of the campus. No shots were ever fired, and no one was hurt. A motive is not known.
Prosecutor Kevin Lawlor says the charges against Dong were upgraded, compared to what they would have been a few years ago, because of changes made after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Dong faces a sentence of 10 years in prison, which will be suspended after he serves two years.. he will also serve 5 years probation.