Aronowitz sentenced in shooting

BY STACI WILSON

The man who shot another man in the stomach outside a New Milford bar in May 2011 was sentenced Monday in Susquehanna County Court to five to 10 years in prison.

On the eve of trial, Jason Aronowitz, 43, New Miford, entered a guilty plea Nov. 7 in front of President Judge Kenneth Seamans to one count of aggravated assault – causing serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon.

Aronowitz was also sentenced to 10 years probation following his release from prison.

Testimony in front of a jury had been scheduled to begin on Thursday, Nov. 8.

As a result of the shooting, the victim, Michael Reid, 28, lost his pancreas, part of his liver, the top of his stomach and an artery in his back had been hit.

District Attorney Jason Legg said Reid was unable to attend the sentencing hearing because he was at a medical appointment and was in the process of scheduling another surgery for his injuries.

At Monday’s hearing, Aronowitz took responsibility for the shooting, apologizing to Reid, Reid’s family and to his own family.

“I meant him no harm,” Aronowitz said of Reid.

Legg said Reid had been in the wrong place at the wrong time. “Michael’s life is irretrievably broken,” Legg said.

The district attorney went on to say that Reid would need to undergo surgeries throughout the remainder of his life and Aronowitz would eventually “walk out of jail a whole man.”

“But for the grace of God, he’d be facing a homicide charge,” Legg added.

In the original charges before the jury, Aronowitz had faced separate felony counts of criminal attempt to commit criminal homicide; firearms not to be carried without a license; and flight to avoid apprehension or prosecution, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of an instrument of crime.

Aronowitz has been held in the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility since his arrest in May 2011.