|District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney announced that Michael Gonzalez of Brentwood was sentenced to 7 years in prison|
(SUFFOLK COUNTY, N.Y.) – District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney announced that Michael Gonzalez of Brentwood was sentenced to 7 years in prison followed by five years of post-release supervision after he pleaded guilty in August to a 12-count indictment which included Criminal Possession of a Loaded Firearm in the Second Degree.
“This defendant used a loaded, illegally possessed handgun to threaten his ex-girlfriend in front of their young children,” said District Attorney Tierney. “This case is an example of both the dangers presented by illegal guns in the hands of criminals and the consequences those criminals can expect to face when they are prosecuted by my office.”
Due to the nature of the offense and the defendant’s extensive criminal history, the District Attorney’s office had recommended a 10 year sentence.
According to the investigation and the defendant’s own admission, on October 3, 2021, Gonzalez called and threatened to shoot his ex-girlfriend in front of their children because he said he was angry that she was dating another person. The following day, after making additional threats against the victim, Gonzalez went to her house, threatened to shoot her and lifted his shirt to display a handgun in his waistband. The defendant’s children were in the home at the time. Police responded to a 911 call for a domestic disturbance involving a gun and placed Gonzalez under arrest after finding him in possession of a loaded .9 mm semiautomatic pistol.
Gonzalez committed this crime while he was out on parole on two other felonies.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Erin Branigan of the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau.