No article fears out loud for his family.
...AUTHORITIES SAID BRUCE BOCHICCHIO TURNED OVER MORE THAN 40 FIREARMS TO STATE POLICE IN MAY TO COMPLY WITH THE RESTRAINING ORDERS. BUT POLICE SAID THEY FOUND 11 MORE GUNS AT HIS HOUSE WHILE EXECUTING A SEARCH WARRANT THIS WEEK, INCLUDING TWO FULLY AUTOMATIC SUBMACHINE GUNS AND AN ASSAULT RIFLE...
..."ON JUNE 21 AND 22 HE WAS VERBALLY BERATING ME, CALLING ME A BITCH, AND SAID HE WAS GOING TO KILL ME. HIS BEHAVIOR HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY ALARMING. I AM FEARFUL HE MAY RETALIATE FOR POLICE INTERVENTION"...
MORRIS MAN, FORMER WATERBURY COP, ARRESTED IN WEAPONS VIOLATION, THREATENING
Waterbury Republican American, CT
By Brigitte Ruthman Republican-American
June 26, 2008
The brother of a former state trooper who shot and killed his wife and critically injured her lawyer before killing himself during a bitter divorce three years ago was arrested Thursday for possessing firearms in violation of a restraining order, and threatening his wife. Bruce Bochicchio, 41, a former judicial sheriff and retired Waterbury police officer, turned himself in to police at Troop L here early Thursday morning after learning a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Bochicchio was arraigned later Thursday morning in Bantam Superior Court where Judge Charles D. Gill doubled the amount of his bond, from $500,000 to $1 million... Gill imposed a protective order, which is more restrictive than a restraining order, forbidding Bochicchio from coming within 100 yards of his wife or returning to the family home at 174 Bantam Lake Road in Morris where he has been living with his wife, their two children; her two children by a previous relationship and two children who are friends of the family. The Bochicchios also have custody of a niece and nephew orphaned when Michael Bochicchio fatally shot his wife, Donna, and seriously injured her Waterbury-based attorney, Julie Porzio, outside of Middletown Superior Court in 2005. According to court documents, state police and testimony, Bochicchio and his wife Christine, 43, were involved in a domestic dispute on Tuesday. Christine Bochicchio said it was part of a pattern of escalating violence. She said she feared for her safety and believed her husband had weapons in the house in violation of a previous restraining order filed against him by her 18-year-old son Geoffrey. Police obtained a search and seizure warrant and found 11 weapons, including an assault rifle, and two fully automatic submachine guns. "This is the most blatant disregard of a court order I have seen in 25 years, particularly because it was someone involved in law enforcement," Gill said. "Some of these weapons are only to be used on human beings. This is a red flag for danger." Bochicchio, who appeared in court wearing shorts and a T-shirt, told Gill he has never hurt anyone, especially not a member of his family... Bruce Bochicchio once worked as a deputy sheriff in the same court district where he was arraigned. He was hired as a Waterbury police officer in December 1995, and retired on a medical disability in August 2006. His charges include several firearms possession charges, failure to surrender a pistol permit, violation of a restraining order and second-degree threatening. His case was continued and transferred to Litchfield Superior Court, where the most serious cases are heard. If he posts his bond, Waterfall said Bochicchio will probably move in with his parents, who live in town. [Full article here]
MAN HELD ON $1 MILLION IN GUN CASE
By Tracy Kennedy email@example.com
Jun 27, 2008
Bruce Bochicchio, 41, wanted to shed the shackles and go home, but the fear that history would repeat itself was too great Thursday in Bantam Superior Court... “I love my family. I would never cause them harm, or harm anyone,” [Bruce] Bochicchio said. [Judge Charles] Gill looked sternly at Bochicchio and shook his head. “Starting out with the premise that you had 41 or more weapons, mixed with emotions and a handful of children — these things don’t mix,” Gill said. Bruce and his wife, Christine Bochicchio, took in Michael and Donna’s two children to live in their Morris home with their four children, but recently tempers started to flare, according to court documents. In April, Bruce argued with Geoffrey, Christine’s 19-year-old son, and Geoffrey sought and obtained a restraining order against his stepfather. Geoffrey claimed Bruce held him against the wall and strangled him in his bedroom. He struck his arm and screamed obscenities at him, Geoffrey claimed in the application for the court order. A week later, on May 9, they tangled again and Bruce allegedly strangled Geoffrey and threw him to the floor. In the restraining orders, Judge John Pickard and Judge Elizabeth Gallagher ordered Bruce Bochicchio to turn over his pistol permit and any firearms he had to state police... Bruce Bochicchio has no prior criminal record, is a former Waterbury police officer and manages property for a living, Waterfall said. He is a civic leader and has a stellar business career, the defense attorney argued... On Monday, Bruce told Christine not to come home. “He told me it was his home and he allowed me to live there,” Christine wrote in the affidavit. When she saw a rifle in the walk-in closet of the master bedroom Tuesday, she took their 6-year-old son and went to the state police barracks in Litchfield. At 9:30 p.m. Bruce Bochicchio refused to let police search the house, according to the warrant. Police returned with a search warrant at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday and collected an assault rifle, two fully automatic submachine guns, six handguns, a revolver and a Taser. “This is probably the most blatant disregard for a court order I have ever seen in my 25 years on the bench, particularly from someone involved in the court system and law enforcement,” Gill said. Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Devin Stilson believe Bruce Bochicchio had an ulterior motive. “As the reports from the victim unfold, this woman was being terrorized,” Stilson said... [Full article here]
KILLER'S BROTHER ACCUSED OF THREATENING WIFE
By KATIE MELONE firstname.lastname@example.org
June 27, 2008
... Eight months before Donna Bochicchio's death, in the middle of her contentious divorce, she warned family she was worried Michael Bochicchio would kill her... In a similar situation, Christine Bochicchio reported to police that on Saturday or Sunday, Bruce Bochicchio threatened to kill her. He also told the children he would be leaving in a week, and Christine Bochicchio was not welcome in the house, according to her account in an arrest warrant affidavit... [Full article here]
MORRIS MAN POSTS $1M BOND AFTER GUN ARREST
By Tracy Kennedy email@example.com
Jun 28, 2008
A Morris man involved in two domestic disputes and jailed Thursday for illegally keeping 11 prohibited weapons is at liberty after posting a $1 million bond... “We are aware he was released,” said Lt. Paul Vance, state police public information officer. Bochicchio is expected to follow the conditions set by the court for his release including having no contact with his wife and the six children living in their home, Vance said... [Full article here]