Cable gets five years for faking his shooting
The former New Milford man who misled police into a 12-hour "wild goose chase" a year ago in search of a fake shooter was sentenced to five years in prison.
Joshua Cable, 30, apologized to the court for his actions on Sept. 26, 2012, that led to the manhunt for a nonexistent, alleged shooter along Route 7 in New Milford.
Cable had shot himself.
Cable pleaded guilty July 9 to criminal possession of a firearm and possession of a sawed-off shotgun/silencer.
Formerly of New Milford, he was also facing charges of filing a false incident report and tampering with physical evidence, among other charges.
"I apologize for my actions," a dejected-looking Cable told Ginocchio in court. "I am sorry."
The investigation into the September 2012 incident that shut down Kent Road for 12 hours and cost some $25,000 in police services led investigators to believe Cable had, in fact, shot himself.
A videotape of Cable positioning a shotgun under his armpit confirmed that fact, according to court documents.
"Mr. Cable had previous convictions, one in 2004 for a robbery, which also included a weapon, and he shot himself in September in order to gain sympathy from a woman he was involved with," Assistant State's Attorney Kim Gallo said.
Gallo said she had agreed to the special probation because Cable "tragically had a very difficult childhood, eventually leaving home and going to a safe place where he would no longer be abused."
Public Defender Christopher Cosgrove added: "Substance abuse has been an issue for Mr. Cable. ... He was oblivious of his actions the night of Sept. 26."
Ginocchio told Cable his sentence was "what a first-time offender might receive," that possession of a weapon, having "pointed the blame at a member of a minority" and "leading police on a wild goose chase" could each have involved serious jail time.
The conditions of Cable's five years of special probation included a mental health evaluation and treatment as well as a substance abuse evaluation and treatment.