20-Year-Sentence for 2012 Hospital Shooter

A New Britain man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting two supervisors at a city hospital in 2012.

Victor Valcarcel, 66, pleaded guilty to felony assault charges in February and was sentenced on Tuesday in New Britain Superior Court. He had been charged with attempted murder.

Valcarcel was a maintenance worker at the Hospital for Special Care when police say he shot two supervisors on Feb. 22, 2012, after being disciplined.

Prosecutors said one of the victims disciplined Valcarcel after he refused to complete an assignment.

"The argument continued. He was sent home for the day. Evidently he thought, incorrectly, that he'd been fired and went home, retrieved a pistol from his attic, and then returned to the hospital," prosecutor John Malone said.

The victims, Robert Barucci and Lynn Trask, suffered serious and permanent injuries but survived. Neither attended the sentencing.

The shooting sparked a large police response that included SWAT teams with rifles and a police helicopter. Valcarcel was arrested at his home about one hour after the shootings.

During the sentencing, Valcarcel chose not to speak.

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