Son of man killed by cop pleads guilty to raping girl
Updated 2:27 pm, Thursday, October 1, 2015
NEW MILFORD — A man whose father was killed by a town cop in a landmark Connecticut case pleaded guilty this week to raping a 14-year-old girl.
Jerel Reid, 22, of New Milford, pleaded guilty Tuesday in state Superior Court in Litchfield to second-degree sexual assault. Reid is being held on $125,000 bond and will be sentenced Dec. 4. He is expected to be sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.
Reid and Reginal Willaims, 29, of New Milford, were each charged with the Aug. 1, 2013 sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl. Reid and Williams had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana at a New Milford woman’s home when they went into the bedroom of the woman’s daughter and sexually assaulted her, according to court documents.
Williams was sentenced in February to 10 years in prison to be suspended after four years, followed by 10 years of probation after he pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault.
Reid is the son of Franklyn Reid, a black man who was shot and killed when he was 29 years old by a white New Milford police officer in 1998. Reid was wanted by police for failing to appear in court and for probation violations. He abandoned his car and ran when police tried to pull him over.
Officer Scott Smith, 27, shot him in the back at close range following a foot chase along Route 202. Smith was arrested and became the first Connecticut police officer charged with murder while acting in the line of duty.
Smith was convicted of first-degree manslaughter, but the Appellate Court overturned the decision. On the eve of his retrial, Smith pleaded guilty to misconduct. He served no jail time, but agreed to never apply for a job as a police officer. In May 2013, Smith was found dead in his Danbury home from an apparent suicide. He was 41.
The family of Franklyn Reid received a $1.6 million settlement in its wrongful death lawsuit against the town of New Milford. The settlement was shared by Reid’s parents and his three children.