A Rhode Island man admitted he illegallly had a gun used to shoot a man at his Searbrook home in 2021 over a scratch to his car.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay McCormack of the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire said Garrito (“Tony”) Fort, 39, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm as a convicted felon Monday in federal court in Concord.

Fort went to the home on Boynton Lane of Chris Coletti on November 2, 2021, whom Fort thought scratched his car the night before, according to McCormack. After a confrontation that lasted approximately three minutes, Fort fired two shots at two different people.

One man was seriously injured while Coletti, a father of three daughters, was found dead in his driveway.

Fort was not charged with homicide in the case. In 2022, State Attorney General John Formella said the state could not disproved Fort's claim of self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt.

Fort is scheduled sentencing for January 25, 2024. He fasces a sentence of no more than 10 years, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.

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