West Haven man won’t plead guilty to shooting ex-wife’s boyfriend
MILFORD — A West Haven man accused of shooting his ex-wife’s boyfriend rejected a plea deal Friday that called for him to serve 12 years in prison.
Now, he faces at least 50 if found guilty at a trial on charges of home invasion, first-degree assault and criminal use of a weapon.
McKnight, 35, stood beside his lawyer, Frank J. Riccio II, in court Friday as Judge Peter Brown asked him if he was sure he didn’t want the deal.
“There are some significant charges here, if you’re convicted of them, far in excess of the offer made,” the judge said. “You’re rejecting the offer and are prepared to go to trial?”
“Yes,” McKnight responded.
According to a police report, McKnight went to his ex-wife’s condo on Coleman Street in West Haven Sept. 21, 2017 to drop off court-ordered child support.
There, he got into an altercation with his ex-wife’s boyfriend, who was also at the home.
McKnight’s ex-wife told police she had gone outside to get some air when “she heard a commotion in her building followed by several gunshots.”
Another resident told police that McKnight shot his ex-wife’s boyfriend before fleeing in a vehicle.
Police at the time said the victim was hospitalized for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
McKnight, who also faces weapons and motor vehicle charges in Bridgeport, has been behind bars since his arrest in the case the day after the shooting.
He is currently being held in lieu of bonds totaling $251,000, according to court records.