At 19, Nicholas Gina is a father of two and a convicted felon.
Gina, of Norwich, was sentenced Wednesday in New London Superior Court to five years in prison and three years’ probation for shooting at his pregnant girlfriend’s house on New London Turnpike in Norwich last year.
Gina had pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment, possession of a pistol without a permit, tampering with a witness and violation of a protective order.
The 20-year-old victim, Shelby Jarmon, watched the sentencing with their infant daughter, now almost 1, in her arms.
“I don’t know why it happened, and I guess he’s learning from it,” she said in a small voice when Judge Patrick J. Clifford asked her if she wanted to address the court. She said she still wanted to have contact with Gina.
Gina has a 3-year-old child with another woman, according to testimony.
According to the state, Gina went to Jarmon’s house on Feb. 25, 2011, with his friend, Keshawn Chisholm, and was arguing with Jarmon. He asked for a kiss and she refused, and Gina asked Chisholm to hand him his gun. Gina shot at the house after announcing that he wouldn’t shoot Jarmon because he didn’t want to go to jail for murder but would “shoot up every last window in the house.”
Gina shot at a window, striking a cabinet near where Jarmon was standing, according to testimony.
Chisholm, who provided the gun, has since been sentenced to two years in prison for carrying a pistol without a permit.
In a recorded phone call from prison following the incident, Gina attempted to convince the mother of his other child not to testify against him, according to testimony.
Gina’s attorney, Bruce A. Sturman, said Gina has a lot of growing up to do.
“It’s obvious this is a case involving children and should be in juvenile court,” Sturman said.
Gina said he was sorry for the harm he had caused and that he would use his time in prison to grow up.
“I thank God nobody got hurt,” he said.
— Karen Florin