To the Editor:
At the time (the news of the arrest was made known), I was unable to publicly comment about the issues that surrounded the case, however, now I am at liberty to speak and I want to start by expressing my wholehearted apology for letting down my family and friends.
I made a serious error in judgment by having dinner and several beers with friends while watching the Boston Bruins Championship game and subsequently driving home. I am not happy with my decision, and I am thankful that no one was hurt. I respect our judicial system and understand that a decision of that nature comes with consequences, which I have accepted. I will be doing community service, classes, loss of license, as well as the financial restitution that goes along with such a charge. It was a major error in judgment on my part that will never happen again.
An issue that I would like to address and give my perspective on was my possession of a brand new legally owned firearm that night. A decision was made three months back to purchase a firearm to protect my family in the event of a home invasion. Upon taking the proper required tests and background checks and receiving my blue card, I purchased a firearm from Post Road Guns in Cranston. However, three months later my wife and I both decided that we had a change of mind and no longer wanted a firearm in our home/possession. My intent was to return this unused, legally owned firearm back to the store where I purchased it.
Unfortunately, instead of going right to the store, I went out with friends to watch the Bruins game with the intent to return it the next day. I do believe it is important to note that this firearm was brand new, still in its case, never used, and no ammunition was ever bought for it. There was never any ill intent or anything nefarious surrounding this matter.
I understand that there are many trials and tribulations as we go through this world with many ups and downs, and by no means do I claim to be perfect. I want to promise to all who are concerned that I accept my responsibility and welcome my new role of moving forward in a positive fashion. I ask that those who judge me do so not by my ability to fail but my ability to move forward in a positive manner.
Councilman Ward 7