Daily Blotter – May 27

Strangling Conviction

A Connecticut jury has convicted a Woodbury man of murder for strangling his former fiancee in 2007.  The Waterbury Superior Court jury took about 90 minutes to convict Andrew Woods, 29, of killing Christina Laguer in the apartment they once shared. 

Woods allegedly attacked Laguer after a drunken argument, according to police.  Police found Woods disoriented about six feet from Laguer when they entered the couple's Mountain Road apartment on the evening of Aug. 31, 2007.  Woods faces between 25 to 60 years in prison when he's sentenced on July 24.

No Probation for Officer Accused of Groping

A Connecticut judge has rejected a bid for probation from a New Haven police officer accused of groping two college students.  The judge Tuesday denied Officer Anthony Maio, 41, accelerated rehabilitation, a form of probation that could erase the charges from his record. 

The veteran police officer allegedly groped two women in their 20s while he worked extra duty at a nightclub on Crown Street last year.  Maio has denied the charges since his arrest last June.  He has been on paid administrative leave from the Police Department.

Alleged $40 Bribe Gets Man in Trouble

A man accused of trying to bribe his Connecticut state representative with $40 will have his record cleared if he stays out of trouble for the next nine months.  Hartford Superior Court Judge Hillary Strackbein granted Anthony Perrelli, of Madison, a special form of probation called accelerated rehabilitation. 

Perrelli's attorney, Hugh Keefe, says his client did not admit guilt.  Perrelli claims he gave Rep. Deborah Heinrich the money for an office Christmas party.  Keefe says his client wanted to get the incident behind him.  Heinrich says she met with Perrelli to discuss condominium law before he tried to hand her the cash.  She says she accepts Strackbein's decision.  Perrelli still faces an Office of State Ethics investigation.

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