Shots Into Crowd Draw 35-Year Term; Ciccotelli Sentenced in Lodge Spree — (New Hampshire Union Leader)

SSRI Ed note: Man on 3 different medications, including Prozac, fires gun into crowd wounding 3. Medication not mentioned at trial, gets up to 35 years.

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New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH)

September 8, 1994

DOVER (AP) – An Ossipee man convicted of shooting two men outside a Moose Lodge in Milton was sentenced yesterday to serve up to 35 years in prison.

Paul Ciccotelli, 38, was found guilty May 19 of attempted murder and two counts of first-degree assault for the shooting.

Strafford County Superior Court Judge Robert Dickson sentenced Ciccotelli to 10 to 20 years for attempted murder, and to 5 to 15 years for first-degree assault .

During Ciccotelli’s trial, witnesses said he shot at a group of five men in the lodge parking lot on the night of Nov. 10.

Two Rochester men, David Gallup and Don Whitehouse, were injured and have since recovered. Ciccotelli was found innocent of a second attempted murder charge.

Assistant Strafford County Attorney Peter Odom said Ciccotelli started firing a .357-magnum after an altercation with someone in the lodge. ”The disregard for human life was absolutely monumental.”

”He acted purposefully, from getting his gun, loading it, targeting the individual, firing and then speeding away,” Odom said.

Ciccotelli claimed public defender Joseph Malfitani did not provide an adequate defense for him because it was not brought out in the trial that he was being treated with three types of medication, including Prozac .

”The jury never knew I was under medication at the time of this incident or the side effects it sometimes causes, even though I told him I wanted it to be brought out,” Ciccotelli explained.

Dickson denied Ciccotelli’s request.

”You were not only adequately defended, but you were ably defended,” Dickson said. It was brought out during the sentencing hearing that Ciccotelli had been working with police as an informant and helped expose a drug ring in the Rochester area. Authorities said Ciccotelli’s help led to 15 indictments.

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