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Norwich man pleads guilty to drive-by shooting

By Karen Florin

Publication: theday.com

Published March 04. 2014 11:00AM   Updated March 04. 2014 11:35AM

A 24-year-Norwich man has pleaded guilty in New London Superior Court to a drive-by shooting in July 2011 that left the victim, 19-year-old Keshon Elliott, paralyzed from the waist down.

Reginald D. Dixon, whose last known address was on Central Avenue, will be sentenced April 30 to 10 years in prison followed by five years special parole.

Dixon has been held in lieu of $1 million bond since February 2013, when he was arrested in Concord, N.C. on unrelated charges and extradited to Connecticut to face charges of attempted murder and first-degree assault. At a court appearance today, he accepted an offer from prosecutor David J. Smith to plead guilty to first-degree assault in exchange for the 10 year sentence, five years of which are mandatory. Dixon is represented by attorney Michael E. Jewell.

According to the state, Dixon drove up to the intersection of Seventh Street and Central Avenue and fired three shots at Elliott, who was standing in front of the Who’s Next Barber Shop. Elliott was struck in the right arm by a bullet that ultimately lodged in his spine, rendering him paralyzed.

Dixon pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine, which indicates he does not admit guilty but agrees the state has enough evidence against him to secure a conviction. According to the state, a witness told police that she saw Dixon shoot Elliott and that when she confronted him, he said he was sorry and he had made a mistake. The victim’s mother told police that Elliott said Dixon had shot him, though Elliott later denied the statement.

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