25-year sen­tence for se­ries of crimes

Connecticut Post - - NEWS - By Daniel Tepfer

be­ing mid­dle back­yard, BRIDGE­PORT dragged of the a Trum­bull night from — and her Hav­ing woman raped home sur­vived in in emo­tion- the the ally room im­ploded Fri­day. be­fore a packed court

“He climbed into my bed and I thought it was my daugh­ter hav­ing a night­mare, and I rolled over to com­fort her and then I felt the bar­rel of a gun and he said, ‘Get up,’ ” the woman said, sob­bing, as she de­scribed the in­ci­dent. “I don’t feel safe any­more,” she said.

“My brain is bro­ken. ... I feel like a loser. ... I’m 46 years old and I can no longer sup­port my­self and my daugh­ter. ... I don’t want any­one to look at me.”

Many in the court­room were over­come. A few left, sob­bing. But across the court­room .Ger­aldo

Mal­don­ado sighed. He was wait­ing for his agreed-upon 25-year prison term for the Trum­bull crime, as well as sev­eral oth­ers in Strat­ford and Bridge­port.

“This court­room is com­pletely filled with pain,” Su­pe­rior Court Judge Robert Devlin said, look­ing out at peo­ple still dab­bing their eyes with tis­sues. “Ev­ery­body felt it, just an out­pour­ing. Why did this de­fen­dant do it? Be­cause there is evil in this world, just plain evil.”

Then, fac­ing the 21-year-old Maldo- nado, lot go­ing The away the to judge take from judge sen­tenced a this lot con­tin­ued, away woman from the and “You Bridge­port you.” I am took a man serves by 15 to years’ 25 35 years years, pro­ba­tion. in sus­pended prison and af­ter fol­lowed he judge State’s that At­tor­ney from 2015 John to 2016, Sm­riga Mal­dona- told the do it care­fully had gone planned. on a crime ram­page, all of the “He neigh­bor­hoods used Google and Earth plan to scope his es­cape out routes,” Sm­riga said. In the early in the morn­ing of Oct. 13, 2015, Mal­don­ado broke into the Trum­bull home. Po­lice said Mal­don­ado dragged the woman into her back­yard and raped her, po­lice said. He was later iden­ti­fied as the as­sailant through DNA ev­i­dence, po­lice said. The vic­tim's 14-year-old daugh­ter ap­peared com­posed as she sat in front of the judge to de­liver her re­marks. She had hid­den be­hind some boxes in the at­tic as her mother was dragged scream­ing from the house. “I held my fa­vorite stuffed an­i­mal tight and I re­mem­ber think­ing to my­self, ‘Don’t cry or he will find you,’ ” she told Devlin in a calm voice. “I don’t have any friends and I get star­tled, a lot.” Sm­riga con­tin­ued that dur­ing the next few months, Mal­don­ado broke into Strat­ford port’s af­ter Mal­don­ado bur­glary On or po­lice Feb. North tried on and 2, said fol­low­ing to Sun­ny­crest End 2016, Bridge­port. break they were schools into chased an put Road. at­tempted homes in in an Bridge- lock­down armed in po­lice util­ity der­son, That when ve­hi­cle April, 22, of his Sey­mour, Mal­don­ado driven car crashed by po­lice David was into said. An- flee­ing a sport and The An­der­son im­pact flipped was thrown An­der­son’s from the SUV, ve­hi­cle, port Hospi­tal, po­lice po­lice said. He said. died at BridgeMal­don­ado later pleaded guilty to ag­gra­vated first-de­gree sex­ual as­sault, first-de­gree kid­nap­ping with a firearm, home in­va­sion and nu­mer­ous bur­glary and at­tempted bur­glary charges, as well as mis­con­duct with a mo­tor ve­hiMal­don­ado’s lawyer, Richard Sil­ver­stein, qui­etly sat at the de­fense ta­ble through most of the hear­ing. And then he fi­nally spoke. “This is a dan­ger­ous world,” he said. “We see mass shoot­ings and then we go to the weather. Some­thing is very wrong with this world and I think it’s hu­man na­ture. I’m not sur­prised that the mass shooter in Cal­i­for­nia spent time in the Marine Corps, be­cause there is noth­ing more dan­ger­ous than a 17-year-old with a gun.”

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