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Tue Mar 15, 2016, 04:24 PM

Road Rage (Update)

I would like to give an up-date on the “road rage” case, that I have spoken about on DU”GD over the past year and a half. It’s a case where many, many forum members have provided much-appreciated support to my family …..including writing, texting,and calling both the District Attorney and County Judge to demand that the “accused” murderer not be granted bail. We not only far surpassed the county’s previous record for public imput, but the DU community set the bar extremely high.

For those newer DU community members who are unfamiliar with the case, it began on October 27, 2014. My cousin was a passenger in his son’s vehicle. After having breakfast in a local diner, they were on their way to run some errands. Another vehicle started tail-gating them; as it turned out, the driver of that vehicle was enraged that my cousin’s son was driving at 53 mph on a curve on the highway. The young man pulled over to let the fellow go by, and within a minute, that driver would get out and shoot my cousin.

His son got out to try to save his father’s life. Thus, the gunman shot him, fatally. He then attempted to put a bullet into the back of my cousin’s head, but the gun miss-fired. My cousin was able to write the guy’s license plate number down, in the dirt on their back window. He then held his son in his arms, while the young man bled to death.

A half-mile up the road, the gunman threw his pistol towards the river. The following day, the NYS Police were able to recover it from the thick under-brush. The gunman next stopped at a convenience store for a 12-pack, and was on his way. Because he was an off-duty law enforcement officer, he had a scanner in his vehicle. When he learned the police were looking for his vehicle, he decided to go to the nearest State Police headquarters.

There, he told a story -- which the police taped -- in which he claimed the pair had been dogging him, threatening his life, for several days. Thus, he tail-gated them, so he could act in self-defense. The investigators knew that he was lying, and arrested him.

He had been a NYC police officer for 20 years, before being forced to retire. His personal files are sealed. He first became a campus security officer at a local college; he was fired from that position, for bullying behaviors. He then became a part-time guard at the county jail where he currently resides. He also had had at least four similar incidents, three for road rage, in which he pulled out his weapon. (In one, he shot in the direction of teens on a neighboring property, as their noise disturbed him.)

In my family system, my cousin is my brother. My children know him as their uncle. His children know me as their uncle. His parents -- my aunt and uncle -- are extremely close to my children, as are his three sisters. My aunt and uncle are in their mid- to late 80’s. For us, this is not the first time we’ve had a close relative murdered. My aunt and my mother’s brother was murdered in the late 1960’s, after winning a hand of cards in a local bar. Fifteen years later, his oldest son was brutally murdered, over an argument about a ten dollar bag of pot. In neither of those cases was an arrest ever made.

Some of our family were afraid that this thug would skate, because of his law enforcement background. In many areas of the US, I think he would have. But the State Troopers and BCI Investigators here are honest men and women. They find this thug to be repulsive, and they understand how this type of case damages the reputation of police. They have taken the case very seriously, and we couldn’t ask for more on their part.

In some up-dated news, the thug’s wife filed for divorce soon after he was jailed for murder. One of my associates had a casual friendship with the wife. She said her husband was an abusive, violent, controlling thug. She had not dared to leave him, until he was behind bars.

Yesterday, the thug and his attorney informed the Court that he does not want a jury to hear his trial. Previously, he had expressed confidence that he could convince any jury that he had acted in self-defense. I suppose his attorney has been able to break through this guy’s delusional self-confidence.

Personally, I wish he had the decency to simply plead guilty. But he has no decency. The trial, which is scheduled to begin next month, will end one chapter of this case. It cannot, of course, bring about closure. For literally every day, my family feels the loss of a good young man, and for no reason other than this rabid jackass was “angry.”

Here are a couple of links to today’s newspaper reports:

http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/public-safety/2016/03/14/guzy-waives-jury-trial-road-rage-shooting/81754048/

http://www.thedailystar.com/news/local_news/accused-road-rage-gunman-waives-right-to-jury-trial/article_ea580312-852f-5646-98e1-2d4e73658983.html

I will, of course, be providing daily reports after court ends.

Peace,
H2O Man

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H2O Man Mar 2016 OP
pkdu Mar 2016 #1
salin Mar 2016 #2
dorkzilla Mar 2016 #3
MerryBlooms Mar 2016 #4
Zorra Mar 2016 #5
Shrike47 Mar 2016 #6
Cassiopeia Mar 2016 #7
roguevalley Mar 2016 #8
Moostache Mar 2016 #9
retrowire Mar 2016 #10
trof Mar 2016 #11
TexasBushwhacker Mar 2016 #22
trof Mar 2016 #25
TexasBushwhacker Mar 2016 #29
trof Mar 2016 #30
GummyBearz Mar 2016 #38
AtheistCrusader Mar 2016 #39
gregcrawford Mar 2016 #12
Omaha Steve Mar 2016 #13
Mbrow Mar 2016 #14
Hekate Mar 2016 #15
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mopinko Mar 2016 #26
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malaise Mar 2016 #28
Gregorian Mar 2016 #31
REP Mar 2016 #32
coeur_de_lion Mar 2016 #33
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NoMoreRepugs Mar 2016 #35
Ace Rothstein Mar 2016 #36
Solly Mack Mar 2016 #37
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Angry Dragon Mar 2016 #41
davidthegnome Mar 2016 #42
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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 04:33 PM

1. K&R and off to the greatest page. nt

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 04:40 PM

2. Thanks for the updates.

Peace to you H20 Man.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 04:43 PM

3. Thanks for the update

Hope you and your family get justice soon.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 04:46 PM

4. Losing a loved one to murder... you never really have closure.

Eventually through the years, a kind of numbness to the loss and anger gives some relief, but there's never really a sense of closure. That hole in the heart will always be there.

All my best to you and the rest of the young man's family and friends.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 05:24 PM

5. So sorry for all the pain this has caused you, and your family.

Thanks for the update.


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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 05:40 PM

6. Thank you for the update. I've been wondering. Good thoughts to you.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 05:41 PM

7. Is he still held in custody while you wait for the trial to conclude?

I've followed the story off and on, but don't recall that particular detail.

Anyway, thanks for the update and I hope justice is delivered for you and your family. It won't heal anything, but it might bring some slight peace if this monster is locked away with a life (or near life) sentence.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 05:44 PM

8. there are no words. I am sick about this. I wish you the outcome you need and what

Peace that can be had from it.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 06:00 PM

9. May peace and serenity come to you and your family and may justice come down upon the murderer.

I am at a loss for words, but I wish you and your entire grieving extended family comfort in your time of need.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 06:06 PM

10. H20 Man...

I had no idea. Anger is a disease... I'm sorry your family ever had to suffer for the foolishness of another mans weakness.

I'm so sorry.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 06:10 PM

11. So he can opt for no jury?

How is that possible?
Is he not charged with a felony?
Murder?

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Response to trof (Reply #11)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 06:47 PM

22. It means the judge will decide

He and his attorney must think it's easier to convince one judge rather than 12 people. Or maybe one judge is easier to buy off.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #22)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 07:24 PM

25. I didn't know a defendant could elect that.

Is that true in all states?

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Response to trof (Reply #25)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 07:34 PM

29. Yes. A jury trial is your right, but it's not a requirement

When a case is very emotionally charged, a defendant can choose to plead his case to the judge only. If the judge has a record of acquitting cops no matter what, the defense attorney may think that's a better choice.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #29)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 07:36 PM

30. Well I'll be damned.

Learned something new today.
Thanks.

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Response to trof (Reply #30)

Wed Mar 16, 2016, 02:46 PM

38. Yea, I learned that a couple years back and was as surprised as you

 

After looking into it somewhat, it actually makes more sense for an innocent person to request trial by judge, since the judge should be more intelligent than 12 randoms from your county. The guilty people only need 1 of the 12 randoms to get it wrong and then get set free.

In this case I don't see why the accused would want a trial by judge. It sounds like he is obviously guilty. But maybe the other poster is correct in saying the judge is getting paid off? I guess we have to wait and see. All that aside, it really sucks for the OP. He lost a family member for no good reason and nothing will bring him back. You have my sympathies and thoughts, OP.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #29)

Wed Mar 16, 2016, 02:50 PM

39. I didn't know that was an option in a capital murder case.

This IS a capital murder case, right?

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 06:11 PM

12. I am so sorry...

... for the pain and misery this irredeemably evil person has caused your family. My younger stepson is a detective, but he is seriously considering leaving law enforcement because of the horrifying number of mentally unstable thugs and bullies that are admitted to the ranks. I suspect they are actively recruiting such people in certain areas. I am glad to hear that the police in your area are not letting this SOB skate; far too many do.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 06:12 PM

13. Glad to see those of us around the US sending mail did some good!


Ready to do it again anytime.

K&R!

OS

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 06:14 PM

14. K&R

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 06:14 PM

15. Thank you so much for keeping us in the loop. May the gods bless you and yours with peace & healing.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 06:20 PM

16. There are no words. I am sorry for your family's suffering.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 06:26 PM

17. H2O Man....somehow I've missed the prior threads on this.

let me offer my sincere, belated condolences.

I cannot imagine what this has been like for you and your loved ones.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 06:31 PM

18. Such sorrow. Such needless waste of a young man's life. Peace be with you and your family.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 06:34 PM

19. ...

 

Thank you for the latest update. May your family find justice soon.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 06:35 PM

20. ......

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 06:44 PM

21. Well, at least you'll be spared a lawyer playing to a jury.

One would expect that a judge would be less easily-swayed than 12 of the defendant's peers, and that the defense's lawyer will curb his rhetoric for that reason. I personally would have a hard time sitting there listening to some advocate explain why it was all the fault of the victims.

Peace be upon you and yours.

-- Mal

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 07:04 PM

23. Kicking for you and Uncle Derek. n/t

 

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 07:07 PM

24. I am so sorry for your loss.

I hope that justice is served to every possible extent. Nothing can undo your family's loss.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 07:25 PM

26. thanks for the news.

lucky for all that they have such a strong family to lean on.
you are a good man, h2o

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 07:30 PM

27. I know you and your family must be glad that this horrible ordeal is moving forward.

I have admired your posts since I found this community several years ago.
Your thoughtful, even-handed posts (on all topics) should serve as models we all aspire to.
I am encouraged by the support demonstrated by the law enforcement personnel involved in this case.

Peace to you, H2O Man and to your faimily, friends and supporters

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 07:33 PM

28. More support here

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 08:34 PM

31. Thank you for taking the energy and time to share this.

I was one who wrote letters. How tragic and difficult for all involved. No closure.

Just as I was reading his wife filed for divorce, the thought went through my mind that she was probably too fearful to leave him. I find this very disturbing as well. I can't imagine that.

What I don't understand is how we can miss these kinds of obvious problems. I think this comes back to something I recall from another thread. About self-policing of society. Policing is not the best word. I mean at least a lower level of scrutiny in society. In retrospect, this guy was like Zimmerman. Why not legitimately try to keep Zimmermans from growing? Just like forums, the collective mind has benefits a single mind does not have. (Except maybe Stephen Colbert.) So this guy had a pattern of being malicious. In some occupations more scrutiny must be paid to recognizing behavior patterns so that this stuff can be avoided. I don't think just anyone can do that. So we need to find those who can. Ignoring those in need helps this to grow into something which becomes destructive. Can we not do better? So I go back to having a tier in society, not unlike actual family members, who have the wits about them to give (I think you said it best: nurture) proper attention to those in need. Right now we not only don't have that, but children are being raised by their peers. That, some claim, is the source of ADD type behavior.

There's also the promotion of this behavior, I just realized! That's the macho male default. But it's Trump. He's like the leader of all those kids who put firecrackers in frog' mouths. I never understood that shit. This also comes from families being raised in this competitive capitalist society. We're pitted against each other. I don't know.

We're a war nation. Resources, lives, mentality. Crazy.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 09:10 PM

32. I cannot post what I wish for that "man"

And while it is good that local law enforcement did not take his side, it is a shame they did not stop him before it came to this.

My sympathy is with you and your family.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 09:44 PM

33. Praying for you and your family

The nightmare will definitely end with justice. Won't bring your cousin's son back him back but will protect others he may have hurt or killed in the future.

I'm so sorry this happened to a good young man. More so because you loved him.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 09:50 PM

34. There never will be a happy outcome, but at least I hope he goes

away for a long, long time.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 16, 2016, 02:34 PM

35. thank u 4 a firsthand account of how dangerous this country is

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 16, 2016, 02:44 PM

36. Wow. So sorry that your family has to go through this.

Hopefully the "accused" spends the rest of his life behind bars.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 16, 2016, 02:45 PM

37. ...

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 16, 2016, 02:58 PM

40. Your tragedy was on my mind during my commute this morning.

First time ride on my new motorcycle, not familiar with it, so only going 5mph over in the carpool lane. Some asshole in a giant diesel pickup (no passenger visible, but maybe I just couldn't see a second person rattling around in the cockpit of battlestar galactica there.) tailgaited the shit out of me the whole way. Not like I can pull over.

Five mph over. Still had to climb up my ass in his giant rig. I'm sure he was flipping the fuck the whole time too.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 16, 2016, 02:58 PM

41. kick

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 16, 2016, 03:00 PM

42. We are all brothers and sisters in this, my friend.

The kind of anger, hate, violence that took the life of that poor young man is sadly on the rise here in America. I have seen it even up here in northern Maine, which is commonly thought of as a peaceful place. Such people, such dangerous and delusional people, should spend their lives in prison, in highly secure facilities where their threat to the common good can be, if not removed, at least somewhat contained.

Some years ago... my Aunt was crossing the street from a hospital. She was hit by a vehicle, driven by a young man who had run a red light. She lay on the ground, injured, but seemed like she might be getting up... when the driver panicked, slammed on the gas, and ran her over. It is a medical miracle that she survived, despite being on life support, having portions of her lung removed, dealing with medical malpractice and worse things. Not only did the Driver get away (he was never caught) but my Aunt and Uncle have faced years of legal battles against a Doctor and medical staff that absolutely made her health problems and her injuries far, far worse.

It is easy to get angry when such things happen. To mock any notion of justice, to consider the world to be a dark, cruel place... and some times it can be. Remember though, when things seem at their darkest, that there are many, many people who applaud and fight for justice, who hold peace, love, and compassion strongly in their hearts.

You and your family have my deepest sympathy. I hope the crook who killed your cousin rots in prison.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 16, 2016, 03:40 PM

43. for no reason other than this rabid jackass was “angry.”

 

and can ride around all over the place with a concealed weapon.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 16, 2016, 03:42 PM

44. K&R for Justice

Thank you for the updates. Keep that chin up my brave friend, justice is coming.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 16, 2016, 04:14 PM

45. Seems a long time since I first read this so one, I am sorry for youre having to have this go

on for so long besides the real loss you folks are dealing with and two, I wish your family some closure with acceptable justice
Please keep DU updated
Senseless violence why

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 16, 2016, 04:19 PM

46. Thanks for the update. I hope your family finds healing and justice

in this case.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 16, 2016, 08:15 PM

47. Sorry for your loss H20

That sucks!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 08:52 PM

48. An eerie parallel

A retired (4 years) Pennsylvania State Trooper crossed all the lines today. From "Fox 43" website: http://fox43.com/2016/03/20/suspect-in-killings-attempted-robbery-on-pa-turnpike-was-retired-state-trooper/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_WPMT_FOX43|

Investigators say around 7:00 a.m., a man confronted two turnpike employees at exit 180, the Fort Littleton interchange , in Dublin Township, Fulton County.

The suspect is identified as 55-year old Clarence Briggs, a retired trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police. Briggs is from Newville, Cumberland County.

Officials say Briggs displayed a handgun and ordered both employees to enter the turnpike office building. While inside the building, Briggs attempted to tie up both men, when a struggle began and Briggs fled the building. Both employees left the building, and at the same time, a fare collection vehicle arrived at the interchange.

Turnpike employee Daniel Crouse, age 55, and the fare collection vehicle security guard Ronald Heist, age 71, were then shot and killed. Briggs then began to fire shots at the fare collection vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was able to flee on foot. Briggs then gained access to the fare collection vehicle and drove it a short distance on Route 522 to an area where his car was parked. Briggs attempted to unload money from the fare collection vehicle and place it in his car.


I'm really starting to wonder, myself, if psychiatric follow-up needs to be a part of police pensions.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 08:48 AM

49. I'm hoping for a swift trial, and justice for your cousin.

I've been following your updates on this from the beginning. I'm so sorry you and your family are going through this.

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