Plea deal offered to Fergus
Updated 7:40 pm, Wednesday, June 15, 2011
State prosecutors have offered a plea deal to a New Milford man accused of trying to kill his estranged wife in front of two of their children in November 2009.
He was scheduled to appear Tuesday in state Superior Court in Litchfield to accept or reject that offer.
Assistant State's Attorney Dawn Gallo informed Superior Court Judge James Ginnochio June 7 the state has extended an offer to Neil Fergus, who is represented by special defense counsel from the Moynihan and Minella firm in Waterbury.
No details were provided on the offer.
The jailed Fergus, 42, appeared June 7 in the courtroom for a brief hearing.
The tall, bespectacled man, wearing an orange jumpsuit, said nothing as he stood before the judge and was led away after the date was set for his next court appearance. He is being held on $1 million bond.
Mr. Fergus is charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, third-degree assault on someone over 60, home invasion and risk of injury to a minor.
In an arrest warrant affidavit, police stated Mr. Fergus stabbed his estranged wife in the driveway of their home just a few hours after she had filed a complaint with police that he was making harassing phone calls.
When he arrived at the house, according to the affidavit, Catherine Fergus and two of their three children were in the car, when he opened the door and started stabbing her in the upper back and right arm.
Mrs. Fergus managed to escape from the car and run inside the house, but police said Mr. Fergus followed her inside, in the process knocking her elderly mother to the ground.
Last summer, Mrs. Fergus filed a civil lawsuit against the New Milford Police Department, alleging police alerted Mr. Fergus to her harassment complaint, which led to him coming to their former home.
She had earlier obtained a protective order against her estranged husband. That lawsuit is still pending.