State extends offer to Stamford teen accused of attempted armed robbery, shooting

Michael Cummo / Hearst Connecticut Media

STAMFORD — A city teen accused of attempting to rob and shoot another teen over “a street beef” has been extended an offer that would see him imprisoned five years in exchange for a guilty plea.

The state is offering Kevin Piersaint, 18, a 12-year jail sentence suspended after five years in return for a guilty plea to attempted first-degree robbery in connection to a May 4 attempted-robbery-turned-shooting, Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel Cummings said in court Tuesday morning.

If accepted, the offer would also see Piersaint serve five years of probation following the prison sentence.

Attorney Kevin Black, who represents Piersaint, said on Tuesday he and his client will discuss the offer and the state’s evidence in the case before making a decision.

Piersaint, a Stamford resident, has been in custody since May 6 when he was arrested on charges of attempt to commit first-degree assault, attempt to commit first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery.

According to an arrest warrant, Piersaint and two other individuals conspired to rob a local marijuana dealer on May 4.

The warrant states that Piersaint’s alleged accomplice, 19-year-old Erik Chico, set up a drug deal in a parking lot on Liberty Street.

Once set in motion, Piersaint and a third individual, 16-year-old Saequan McCandies, hid in nearby bushes and waited to ambush the alleged dealer, the warrant said.

When the alleged dealer arrived, a shootout ensued, according to the warrant.

Investigator Damien Rosa wrote in the warrant that Piersaint was seen on surveillance footage exchanging shots with the targeted individual.

No one is believed to have been struck by the gunfire, according to police. After firing rounds at one another, the alleged dealer fled on foot in one direction, and Piersaint and McCandies got in Chico’s car and drove off in another.

Chico and McCandies also face charges of attempted first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery in connection to the incident. McCandies, who is a juvenile, is being charged as an adult.

Piersaint is next scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 10, while Chico is scheduled to appear on Nov. 11 and McCandies on Nov. 15.