- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) - A man who plotted to kill his former business partner and his ex-girlfriend has had his request to shorten his 10- to 15-year prison sentence rejected by a judge.

The Valley News reports (https://bit.ly/2aeUjJz ) that Judge Robert Gerety Jr., in a ruling issued on Wednesday, said he had considered several mitigating factors when Louis Fucci was sentenced in 2013 for the plot to kill them.

“There is no question that the conduct that formed the factual basis for these convictions was extremely serious conduct, involving an unsuccessful criminal effort by the defendant to kill a member of the community,” the judge wrote. “The court continues to be persuaded that the proper judicial response to (the) defendant’s behavior should include substantial punishment and incapacitation.”

Fucci, 59, said he was suffering from an untreated mental illness heightened by a “perfect storm” of coping with a divorce, the end of his relationship with his girlfriend and the failure of his business.

Fucci, the former owner of a once-thriving New Hampshire hotspot, was arrested in 2011 on charges he paid a hit man to kill his ex-girlfriend and kill his former business partner. The plot was foiled when the man he had hired went to police, and his ex-girlfriend and his former business partner were unharmed.

Fucci originally was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and soliciting a person to commit a felony. He pleaded guilty in 2013 to obstructing justice and inciting another person to commit a felony. He’s eligible for release in 2021.


Information from: Lebanon Valley News, https://www.vnews.com

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