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Peck Street Man Sentenced 48 Years for Firing at Officers

A 46-year-old Berlin man involved in a domestic dispute that ended with him firing at officers with a .357-calibur revolver in March 2012 as they entered his home is now facing a 48-year prison sentence.

Credit: Patch.
Credit: Patch.
A Berlin man is facing the possibility of spending the remainder of his life behind bars after firing at officers during a domestic dispute and reported assault at his Peck Street home in March 2012.

Jeffrey Yeaw, 46, was sentenced to 48 years in prison at a sentencing hearing in New Britain Superior Court last week, including 16 years each for three separate convictions of first-degree assault through discharge of a firearm.

Yeaw, of 18 Peck St. in Berlin, was also convicted in July 2013 on three counts of assault on an officer. Each charge carries a 10-year conviction to be served concurrently with the consecutive sentences for firearm discharge, according to court records available online.

Yeaw was arrested in March 2012 after Berlin officers responded to his 18 Peck St. home following a report of an assault. 

Police encountered a man outside who said he was assaulted by a man still in the home, and when the three officers entered the premises they encountered Yeaw while doing a search of the property, police said.

The suspect then fired a handgun on the three officers and Sgt. Mark Soneson fired back, striking Yeaw in his legs. Yeaw was taken to the hospital for injuries but later survived. None of the officers were injured.

The Courant reported that Yeaw was hit three times in both his shoulder and his leg.

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