Convicted Murderer Accused of Assaulting Cop After Verdict

Giuseppe Tedesco charged with making terroristic threats as he was being transported to jail.

After being convicted of murder in state Superior Court, Giuseppe Tedesco was arrested on new charges of aggravated assault of a correctional officer and third-degree terroristic threats on Thursday.

The officer he allegedly assaulted while being transported to a holding cell sustained a head injury and fractured fibula, according to Lt. Dave Rome of the Sussex County Sheriff's Office. Tedesco was also charged with obstruction of a governmental function.

Tedesco, a 27-year-old Hopatcong resident, was found guilty of first-degree murder, possession of a gun and possession of a gun for an unlawful purpose Thursday. The murder charge stems from the shooting death of Alyssa Ruggieri, who was 22 when she was shot six times inside her Durban Avenue home on March 27, 2010.

In court Thursday, Tedesco looked at jurors and mouthed obscenities as each was polled by a judge, according to a press release sent by Rome.

"He then turned and made a verbal threat to a member of the victim's family," the release said.

As officers attempted to control Tedesco and take him out of the courtroom to a holding cell, Tedesco was non-compliant and became violent as he attempted to resist arrest, according to Rome. Officers had to subdue Tedesco as he "continued to thrash."

Tedesco is currently being held at the Keogh Dwyer Correctional Facility.

Sal Bartilotta January 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Perfect example of someone who deserves "the needle"
jay batts January 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Needle is too good for him..He should be set on fire and burned to death!
Lynn Anne Cutler January 11, 2013 at 11:41 PM
OMG. Where did this guy come from? Was he raised in Hopatcong??
Nucky Thompson January 12, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Sadly, he is an HHS alum.
jazzman January 12, 2013 at 12:46 AM
please Patch for every sick pic of that killer,could you at least remind us of who the victim was... with also a pic, that might have a calming effect on us but his appeal process lawyer will absolutely hate it
The Watcher January 12, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Let's face it, his lawyer did us a favor by advising him not to take the plea. The lawyer took the money and ran, and his client racked up more time in jail. Nothing can bring her back or ease the families pain but we hope everyone's support and prayers will help. We know he will be forgotten, but our memories of Alyssa will live on.
apple January 12, 2013 at 04:20 AM
@ Lynn,dont bash Hopatcong because he was raised there,but blame Who raised him and how he was raised up.
Jack Schaeffner January 12, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Alyssa was new to her company and was assigned to my company for support. My company was a tough tough client for her outfit. My first thought was why and how could they assign this green kid to our support team? Well she was young and green and learning her craft, but she was also bright, personable, enthusiastic and energetic. Quickly she was assiting with complicated Accounting and payroll issues. She showed tremendous potential and promise. Being a close in age to my youngest daughter we shared the usual stories about Sussex County, Route 15 and 80 commuter issues, I tell you, this young lady was on her way to a successful career. Then unfortunately this Tedesco piece of garbage took it all away. Tedesco had nothing and was nothing and was always going to be nothing. His one credible job, he wound up milking the system on a trumped up disability at 27. It is no wonder he was rebuffed by Alyssa. She saw what he was; she was good, he was bad. He needs to rot in prison.
doors43 January 12, 2013 at 03:13 PM
He lived right next door to me. I didn't really know him, but his mom and stepdad are wonderful people, which just proves that sometimes all the best parenting in the world can't make a difference. They're completely devastated by what he did and by all of this.
doors43 January 12, 2013 at 03:15 PM
His mom and stepdad are really good people and aren't the problem. He was raised in a good home by good people. Evidently, his biological dad is somewhat of an issue, though. Could have been that, but some people are what they are in spite of the best parents.
Joyce Atno January 13, 2013 at 02:49 PM
You are right, doors 43, Joe was raised by very wonderful, caring, giving parents. There are two grieving families here. I think some of these "additional judge and jurers" on here need to come to that realization. My heart goes out to both families and prayers that healing will now begin.
Frazure January 13, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Tedesco is 27 year old adult responsible for his own actions. Questions about his parents or how he was raised are a moot point. He had every opportunity to become his own person - and apparently he did. Nor is he a reflection on Hopatcong. The jury did right by him and hopefully the judge will do the same by imposing the maximum penalty on him for this plus the additional crimes he has racked up.
S. Coventry January 13, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Alyssa's best friend made this request: Attention friends and supporters of Alyssa: The sentencing of Tedesco is set for March 20th and we were asked by the prosecutors and Alyssa's family to write letters of support to Judge Conforti over the course of the next month. Please write about who Alyssa was to you, any kind of story or memory you have, and most importantly, how you feel about Tedesco's sentencing. It is essential that we indicate that he needs the harshest sentence possible. I know everyone is extremely busy, but please take a few minutes out of your day to write this letter. This is the last way in which we can all show our support and help ensure that justice will be served, especially if you weren't able to attend the trial.You may address your letter to: Honorable Judge Peter Conforti Office of the Sussex County Prosecutor 19-21 High Street Newton, NJ 07860
Tammy January 13, 2013 at 08:03 PM
While they may be nice people and I'm sure they raised him with the best of intentions it would seem to me that they also had something to do with him being a spoiled, egotistical, self centered jerk. He was very obviously never taught to have any respect for women at all (not liking being told no by Alyssa and not liking having to play by the Prosecutor's rules). I'm thinking his mother probably never stood up to him and was probably still doing his laundry, making his bed, and asking HIM what she should make for dinner.
Jack Schaeffner January 14, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Thank you for the post - I most certainly will write to the Judge,
Joe Fongoul January 15, 2013 at 06:52 PM
that's why we need the death penalty, for scum like him
I hate him January 16, 2013 at 06:24 PM
He is pure garbage, always will be. Glad he is going to rot in prison
The Watcher January 17, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Apparently they didn't tell him to call the police they told him to go home. It then took the family over 45 minutes to call 911.
J March 08, 2013 at 06:08 PM
yes, he did make a mistake but he cared for her. i have known his father my entire life and i have met Joe himself a few times. He does not deserve the maximum sentence. and what these news updates dont tell you is that he maintained his story from the beginning and she shot him first. he called the police as soon as he got to the hospital. these news updates fabricate so many things.
Kristen March 11, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Even if that were the case, which its not, no one would have been shot had he just not brought a gun to her house. Or not went to the house at all since she repeatedly told him she did not like him like him and did not want to hang out with him. He shot her 6 times. I understand that people dont want to believe that someone they know can do such a brutal crime but it happened and the evidence states what happened. It seems totally ridiculous to me that people that know him are so quick to believe everything that comes out of his mouth and believe that everything the police and court and media says is a lie. It just very naive. No wants to believe that someone they love is capable of this but everyone needs to understand that when you take someones life you need to be punished for that crime. And people need to think how they would feel if their daughter was shot 6 times by a boy that wouldnt take no for an answer and what justice they would want for their daughter. Life in prison is a gift considering he gets to live unlike Alyssa. One or two gun shots going off accidently would be a little more understanding but 6 is just way too much.
Jack March 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Well said Kristen, and in addition to me the fact that he intentionally parked his truck 2 blocks away indicates that he went to Alyssa's house with evil intent. He brought the gun and Alyssa is dead. This was not a "mistake" he deserves the maximum.
Kristen March 14, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Tammy March 14, 2013 at 07:35 PM
J-Are you serious? Did you see his testimony? He is a rude, arrogant, LIAR. He has no respect for authority or women. He's a hothead who can't deal with not having things his way. He called the police as soon as he got to the hospital--wow, what a nice guy, in my estimation, that was probably about an hour after the first shot entered her body. He maintained his story from the beginning. I say he maintained his story from the moment he made it up, remember, he had quite a bit to do so in between the time it happened until he so graciously called the police at his leisure. He had a gun shot wound to his hand-painful I'm sure but if it happened as he said why didn't he leave the house and go right to the police station? Or is the story going to change to accommodate that? She held him at gunpoint and wouldn't let him leave? Why fight over the gun, the police would get his gun back for him and she would have been properly charged. You say the media is fabricating things, well, a jury of his peers, and plenty of other people believe HE is fabricating things. The sad fact is we will never know one truth, Alyssa's-she is gone, with 6 "self inflicted/self defense" gunshot wounds. He deserves the maximum PLUS whatever else they can through at him.
Tammy March 14, 2013 at 07:36 PM


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