FARMINGTON — Robert Santos Cruz entered a not guilty plea to charges of burglary and criminal mischief last week in 2nd District Court.
Cruz, 47, is the man identified as the person who allegedly stood in the doorway of Clare B. Niederhauser’s home on Jan. 31, holding a pry-bar and later ran to the backyard, where Niederhauser fired a handgun.
A pre-trial conference for Cruz has been set for March 7.
Niederhauser was arrested after he fired a handgun at a burglar and a get-away car.
He agreed to a plea deal on a class B misdemeanor. The deal includes paying $700 in court fees, which do not constitute a fine, taking a weapons safety class, forfeiting the .357 caliber handgun he used that day, and relinquishing his concealed weapons permit for a time.