Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Springfield murderer not guilty by reason of insanity

In a tense courtroom Tuesday morning distraught family members of fatal stabbing victim Betty Rodriguez of Springfield hissed and muttered in Spanish as the murder charges against her long-time fiancé were dropped by reason of insanity.


  1. I didn't see any mention of a jury. Is this another Liberal VT Judge letting a murderer off? Par for the course!

  2. I truly don't understand. Is "charges being dropped for reasons of insanity" the same as "guilty for reasons of insanity"? Seems like it might be different. And, in the article, it says he knew that he was doing the stabbing & knew that it was a violation of the law, but he just couldn't stop himself from doing the stabbing. How is that different than any other sane, willful crime?

    1. All I can say is that if it's not a Jury Trial, then I comes down to one person THE JUDGE!
      From what I read, neither story tells if it was a Jury or Judge, and if Judge, the name is being withheld!

    2. The Valley News article has the name of the judge and explained his ruling...

      "the court will make a determination that the defendant was insane at the time of the events involving the stabbing of Ms. Rodriguez," Judge Timothy Tomasi ruled.

    3. Look it's the same liberal Judge that gave the 23 year old with a long list of crimes, Heroin, burglary, DUI, etc etc a suspended sentence just last week. Do I detect a pattern here, slapping there hand never fixes anything.

    4. Whether you agree with the ruling or not, Judge Tomasi's hands were tied by existing state law. That is what needs to be changed.

  3. chuck gregory10/11/18, 5:39 PM

    I don't know where he is these days, but one man who lived in Springfield for quite a few years recently (and was known for his colorful costuming) had stabbed his roommate to death back around 1981. Clearly he benefited from the leniency of the system-- and has not re-offended since his release. Should we have kept him under lock and key for his whole life?

    1. Once again Chuck Gregory to the rescue with his assumed information. Maybe you should learn about the case before spewing your trashy ooinion no one wants to hear. Seriously you have nothing better to do than this?

    2. Clearly, the "colorful clothing" individual HAS reoffended. In 2009, he was cited by Brattleboro Police for disorderly conduct via telephone and impersonating a police officer. Police said he had made threatening phone calls to a Canal Street home, claiming he was a police officer.
      To answer your question, yes, he should have been under lock and key for a lot longer than he was. "Rehabilitation" doesn't always work, Chuck.

    3. chuck gregory10/12/18, 8:09 AM

      Ah, I am mistaken! My apologies to all.


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