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Immigrant pleads guilty after mistrial in Bridgeport fatal shooting


BRIDGEPORT — Three weeks after a mistrial was declared in the trial of a twice-deported immigrant, accused of fatally shooting his former girlfriend’s new boyfriend, he agreed to plead guilty to reduced charges.

Douglas Rivas, 35, pleaded guilty Friday under the Alford Doctrine to first-degree manslaughter with a firearm and criminal possession of a firearm.

Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander said she would impose a 16-year prison term when Rivas is sentenced Jan. 31.

A plea made under the Alford Doctrine means Rivas did not admit to the crime but conceded he could be found guilty if he went to trial. The judge then found him guilty.

On Oct. 15, a Superior Court jury deadlocked 8 to 4 in favor of guilt on the charge of murder against Rivas after nearly two weeks of trial.


Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Harry declined comment on the plea.

Rivas, who was deported in 2007 to his native El Salvador and again in 2010, is accused of killing Cristobal Hernandez in the El Paraiso Restaurant on Madison Avenue on Sept. 29, 2016.

According to testimony during the trial, Rivas threatened to kill Hernandez after coming back into the state and finding that Hernandez was now dating Rivas’ girlfriend.

Rivas entered the restaurant on its karaoke night and waited until Hernandez went to use the bathroom, according to police. When the victim came out of the bathroom Rivas attacked him. Police said the two men got into a fight that ended when Rivas pulled out a gun and shot Hernandez once in the chest.

Rivas then fled the restaurant.

Police said they later went to Rivas’ home in Bridgeport where they found a box of bullets that matched the type that killed Hernandez.

Rivas was arrested eight months later in Florida.

Police said during a subsequent interview Rivas admitted fighting with Hernandez in the restaurant but denied shooting him. He said he fled because he was worried, he was going to be blamed for the crime, police said.

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