N.J. actor rejects plea offer in case over fake gun on movie set
NEW BRUNSWICK — Carlo Bellario, the actor and comedian who could serve serious prison time for having a BB gun while filming a movie in Woodbridge last year, turned down a plea bargain on Tuesday from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, and instead opted to go to trial.
Bellario, 48, of Toms River, appeared for a preliminary hearing at the Middlesex County Courthouse before Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas.
Bellario — who is facing up to five years in prison for weapons possession — was offered a plea bargain of three years in prison.
But Bellario opted for a trial, which his attorney, Jef Henninger, said is a gamble, as Bellario could face a much longer sentence if convicted by a jury. The reason being, Bellario has numerous prior convictions, which makes him subject to the state's certain persons not to have firearms law.
According Henninger, if Bellario were to be convicted at trial, the court could have the discretion to tack on additional time — potentially 10 or more years in prison.