Lio pleads guilty to pot offense

Eleven months into accelerated rehabilitation after being arrested in September 2017 for bear poaching, 30-year-old Wilton resident Antonio Lio was back in Norwalk Superior Court on Dec. 10 — this time for a misdemeanor summons he received for failing to obey a traffic signal and possessing marijuana and paraphernalia.

Lio was stopped by Wilton police on Nov. 27, for running a red light at the Route 7 and Westport Road intersection. A search of Lio’s vehicle revealed 0.511 ounces of marijuana, as well as a glass mason jar and metal grinder with marijuana-like residue. Lio was issued a misdemeanor summons for failing to obey a traffic signal, possessing more than a half-ounce of marijuana, and possessing paraphernalia with more than a half-ounce of marijuana.

In Norwalk Superior Court on Dec. 10, Lio pleaded guilty to two of the counts and was ordered to pay about $240 in fines. According to the court transcript, the state nolled the paraphernalia possession count against Lio.

Last year, Lio and Norwalk resident Daniel Moran were arrested by state Environmental Conservation Police after two young black bears were killed with a bow and arrow on private property in the area of Indian Rock Place in Wilton. Lio was charged with two counts of illegal taking of black bear and one count of fourth-degree negligent hunting , while Moran was charged with conspiracy to illegally taking a bear. Moran pleaded guilty and paid a fine.

In January of this year, Lio was granted accelerated rehabilitation — a pre-trial intervention program that’s placed him on probation for two years, after which his record would be expunged. Lio was also ordered to avoid further arrests for the next two years.

At Lio’s Dec. 10 court appearance, no indication was made that the misdemeanor summons would affect his accelerated rehabilitation status. The Bulletin reached out to Lio’s attorney, Kevin M. Black, for comment and more information, but never heard back.

Lio is scheduled to be back in court for the bear-poaching case in January 2020.