Tuesday, May 7, 2013
New Jersey assembly members sponsor bill to amend Crime Victims' Bill of Rights, requiring convicted to be in court for sentencing.
Convicted murderer Guiseppe Tedesco is making a mockery of the justice system by appealing his appearance at a sentencing that could bring life imprisonment, says one legislator, and that’s why two of New Jersey's Assembly members are fighting to amend the state’s Crime Victims' Bill of Rights. Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) and Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) have sponsored a bill this week that would require guilty defendants to be in court not just for sentencing, but to hear victims' impact statements. Currently, the Bill of Rights grants victims’ families the ability to face the convicted and deliver impact statements on the day of sentencing, but the terminology stops short of requiring …
Monday, April 29, 2013
New Jersey's highest court to hear Giuseppe Tedesco's bid to waive his right to attend sentencing.
The state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments April 29 and April 30 regarding the case of convicted Hopatcong killer Giuseppe Tedesco who is seeking to waive his right to attend his sentencing. The defense, along with the prosecution and victim Alyssa Ruggieri’s family, was required to submit briefs explaining why Tedesco should not be required to be in court for his sentencing, where he faces potential life imprisonment for killing Ruggieri in March 2010. In conjunction with Ruggieri’s family, the state argued the convicted murderer should be in court for his sentencing and said it was Tedesco that spurred the previous courtroom violence. During jury deliberations in January, a fight broke out among the Tedesco and Ruggieri …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Briefs filed by state, defense arguing convicted murderer's requirement to be in court during sentencing.
Guiseppe Tedesco’s defense believes he shouldn’t be present at his sentencing for the murder of Allysa Ruggieri because it may be dangerous for him to be in the courtroom, according to njherald.com. The defense, along with the prosecution and Ruggieri’s family, was required to submit briefs explaining why Tedesco should not be required to be in court for his sentencing, where he faces potential life imprisonment for killing Ruggieri in March 2010. In conjunction with Ruggieri’s family, the state argued the convicted murderer should be in court for his sentencing and said it was Tedesco that spurred the previous courtroom violence. During jury deliberations in January, a fight broke out among the Tedesco and Ruggieri families, and when a …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Guiseppe Tedesco's final court appearance was previously scheduled for March 20.
A sentencing for the killer of Alyssa Ruggieri scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, has been postponed, according to the Sussex County Court. Guiseppe Tedesco, convicted of killing the Hopatcong Borough resident in her home nearly three years ago, faces life in prison plus 20 years. The New Jersey Supreme Court granted the defense a Motion to Stay the Sentencing and granted leave to appeal the decision made by the Appellate Court earlier this week, that stated Tedesco would be required to be present at the sentencing, according to the Law Office of Iacullo Martino. A court order provided to Hopatcong-Sparta Patch by the defense said all parties involved may provide supplemental briefs before April 2, and the appeal is scheduled for in-court …
Monday, March 18, 2013
An Appellate Court opinion says Guiseppe Tedesco must be present Wednesday, March 20 for his sentencing and to hear impact statements from his victim's family.
Guiseppe Tedesco will sit in court Wednesday morning and hear the Ruggieri family explain how their world has been shattered since March 27, 2010. Tedesco, convicted of killing Alyssa Ruggieri of Hopatcong nearly three years ago, is now required by law to be at his sentencing March 20 despite filing a request to be absent, according to nj.com. Last week, Superior Court Judge Peter Conforti, citing case law, said Tedesco would need to be in court for the sentencing, but the Appellate Court picked up the request for review on Thursday and gave the defense, state, and Ruggieri family until noon Friday to write briefs explaining their cases. The opinion was published Monday afternoon, nj.com reported. “(The) defendant may not sue the waiver …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Major events top Hopatcong's business week.
The Hopatcong Mayor and Council is scheduled to meet this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in its first gathering after presenting the annual budget. That budget, if approved, is set to raise taxes by about $38 for the average homeowner in the borough. Also at that meeting, an ordinance was introduced appropriating $80,000 for the purchase and installation of police equipment. The meeting is open to the public at the municipal building and residents are encouraged to attend. Hopatcong residents may also be interested in the sentencing of Guiseppe Tedesco, the convicted killer who murdered Hopatcong resident Alyssa Ruggieri in March of 2010. Tedesco was found guilty on Jan. 10 in Sussex County Superior Court and faces a maximum sentence of life-plus-…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Guiseppe Tedesco's request to not appear during victim's impact statements being reviewed by Appellate Court.
A New Jersey Appellate Court will review a Sussex County judge's ruling to have convicted murderer Guiseppe Tedesco appear in court for his sentencing March 20, njherald.com reports. Tedesco was convicted on January 10 of killing Alyssa Ruggieri in Hopatcong after shooting her five times in March 2010 at her Durban Avenue home. The defense, prosecution and victim's family is being asked to submit briefs to the court by noon Friday so a decision can be made on whether Tedesco is required to be present when the Ruggieri family gives their impact statements, the report said. The appeal comes just a day after Judge Peter Conforti ruled Tedesco would be required to be present at his sentencing March 20. Earlier this week, court documents …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Defense asking court to let Guiseppe Tedesco not be present during his sentencing, report says.
Nearly three years after shooting Hopatcong’s Alyssa Ruggieri in her home five times and killing her, Giuseppe Tedesco will learn how long he’ll spend in prison for the murder on March 20. Tedesco was convicted of first-degree murder and possession of a gun and possession of a gun for unlawful purposes on Jan. 10 after a six-week trial. When the verdict was read, Tedesco turned in his seat and threatened Ruggieri’s brother, then broke the leg of a court officer during an ensuing melee. In legal documents filed by the defense, however, Tedesco is asking not to be present during the sentencing, according to nj.com. The Ruggieri family, the report says, is asking the court to require Tedesco to be present so their daughter’s killer can “see …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
In the second week of Giuseppe Tedesco's murder trial, photos of bullets found in Alyssa Ruggieri's body are presented to the jury.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Graphic photos from the crime scene where borough resident Alyssa Ruggieri was fatally shot in 2010 were shown at the trial of accused murderer Giuseppe Tedesco on Wednesday, according to the New Jersey Herald. In the second week of the murderl trial, the State Police Crime Scene Unit told the jury that five bullets were pulled out of Ruggieri's body, including three that were found in her skull, the NJ Herald reports. Ruggieri was shot six times by a .25 caliber Baretta gun owned by Tedesco. The sixth bullet was found on the floor near Ruggieri in her Durban Avenue home. Detective Sgt. Rita Gallo said in court Wednesday that the bullets were removed during the autopsy performed on Ruggieri, and that the evidence proves that the gunshots…
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Guiseppe Tedesco, charged with fatally shooting Alyssa Ruggieri in 2010, claimed self-defense in court Monday.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
A Hopatcong man accused of killing 22-year-old borough resident Alyssa Ruggieri in 2010 claimed self-defense in court on Monday, according to a report on NJ.com. Giuseppe Tedesco is charged with murder, illegal possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in Ruggieri’s March 27, 2010 death. If convicted, he faces a sentence of 30 years to life. Tedesco's attorney, Anthony Iacullo, told the jury in Newton on Monday that Tedesco was defending himself when he shot and killed Ruggieri after she refused to celebrate his birthday with him, the report said. Sussex County Assistant Prosecutor Seana Pappas said Monday that any self-defesnse claims were "preposterous," and said Tedesco accidentally shot himself when …