Guilty plea for man who took guns to UNH

William Dong pleads guilty to state weapons charges in Milford Superior Court, October 17th 2014. (WTNH)

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.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s