Stamford man charged in attempted murder case sentenced to four years for probation violation

Exterior, Stamford Courthouse, Sept. 20, 2019.

Exterior, Stamford Courthouse, Sept. 20, 2019.

Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media

STAMFORD — A city man awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday after he plead guilty to violating his probation twice.

Jeff Etienne, 25, was accused of violating his probation on two separate occasions in 2019, according to his probation officer.

According to court records, Etienne violated his probation three times in 15 days, all within a month of his conviction on charges of carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle and interfering with police. He was placed on probation at the time.

Gina Mital, Etienne’s probation officer, wrote in an arrest warrant that Etienne left the state of Connecticut without permission on Nov. 11, 2019 and received a warning. On Nov. 22, 2019, Etienne tested positive for marijuana, a banned substance under his probation, Mital wrote. Four days after that, Etienne was arrested by Stamford police on misdemeanor charges, another violation of his probation.

Etienne’s guilty plea to violation of probation comes about six months after he rejected a plea offer from the state in connection to a charge of attempted murder stemming from a November 2020 shooting in Stamford’s West Side that left two men injured.

Etienne faces charges of attempted murder, criminal possession of a pistol, first-degree threatening and two counts of first-degree assault in connection to the shooting.

Last August, state prosecutors offered Etienne a deal where the 25-year-old would serve no more than 15 years in prison in return for guilty pleas to charges of criminal attempt at murder and two counts of first-degree assault.

Sgt. Sean Boeger wrote in an arrest affidavit that Etienne allegedly was trying to return a car he had recently purchased from one of the men injured in the shooting.

When the man refused to accept the returned car, Etienne allegedly told him, “I’m gonna pop you,” according to the affidavit.

Later that day, according to the affidavit, the two men were driving down Fairfield Avenue in Stamford when a man they identified as Etienne got out of a car in front of them and began shooting. One man, 33, suffered gunshot wounds to the shoulder and hand, while the second man, 23, was grazed by a bullet on his forearm.

If convicted of attempted murder and two counts of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, Etienne faces up to 40 years in prison.

His case is currently awaiting trial, though no official date has been set.

Etienne’s attorney, Howard Ehring, said his client is next expected to appear in court on Sept. 21 for an update on the attempted murder case.