Stamford school teacher's manslaughter conviction overturned

Full story: Stamford Advocate

A former school teacher found guilty of of killing three people in a 2005 drunk-driving crash will get a new trial after a state appellate court overturned her conviction in a decision released Wednesday morning.
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My only question is why after being arrested and found guilty of the crime is she still driving?
I used to do this same thing and I am only grateful I never hurt anybody.

But why is she still behind the wheel? This is one reason there are so many drunks on the road.

You will always pay.
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she was "really" drunk not the three people she killed can get out of their graves.

The system is broken.
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This woman took irreplacable lives. I can't believe that she is allowed to be free.
Wally in Stamford

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The Great Lawmakers in Hartford should make changes to the Drunk Driving Laws and DMV Laws for Drunk Drivers instead of worrying over small pork barrel issues. SHE MURDERD THREE INNOCENT PEOPLE BECAUSE SHE WAS TOTALLY DRUNK AND IRRESPONSIBLE, YET SHE IS OUT LIVING A LIFE THOSE THREE CAN NOT! I hope the idiot at Stamford Hospital gets sued for giving her the Police Ordered Blood Test so she could sell her home to her MOM and still have it and not have to pay damages. That sale should have been cancelled due to the reason it was sold, just like Steven Forbes selling his mansion to his wife for $10 to save money for after he gets out of prison. Yes, the system is broken and especially here in Southwestern CT.
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UNBELIEVABLE SYSTEM!!! Well, Mickey Sherman is her lawyer.
Here's the list of charges...GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY!! They were saying that all along something with the "tests" they did at the hospital and or at the scene..it's all BS!!

53a-56b* MANSLAUGHTER 2ND DEG-MOTOR VEH 1 7/26/2005 Not Guilty Guilty
53a-56b* MANSLAUGHTER 2ND DEG-MOTOR VEH 1 7/26/2005 Not Guilty Guilty
53a-56b* MANSLAUGHTER 2ND DEG-MOTOR VEH 1 7/26/2005 Not Guilty Guilty
53a-57* MISCONDUCT W/ MOTOR VEHIC (MV) 1 7/26/2005 Guilty
53a-57* MISCONDUCT W/ MOTOR VEHIC (MV) 1 7/26/2005 Guilty
53a-57* MISCONDUCT W/ MOTOR VEHIC (MV) 1 7/26/2005 Guilty
14-227a ILL OPN MV UNDER INFL ALC/DRUG 1 7/26/2005 Guilty
This was on the docket at the court 35 times!!
she still has outstanding fees to pay
the date this happened was 7/26/05..
Now the family has to relive this over and over again..with the date coming next month.

I truly hope she's not driving now and she needs to be in jail...she killed 3 people with a weapon!!! and yes a car is a weapon!!!

How can the appellate court make such a bad decision!!!RIDICULOUS!!!!!

I PRAY SHE'S CONVICTED AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN..YOU'RE GOING TO JAIL...
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I truly feel for the Inverno and Shelley families but I also agree with the appellate decision. You cannot send someone to jail based a blood alcohol level from blood that was NEVER 100% proven to be Miss Coccomo's. A terrible thing has happened and I can understand the need to blame someone but the system is not broken. It is only protecting all parties involved.
In response to comment #5, there are written documents stating that Miss Coccomo signed the deed to her house over to her mom 2 weeks prior to the accident. Know your facts before you make such statements!
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Can someone explain to me what's going on? I'm confused about Stamford Hospital giving her the police ordered blood test...what???!!!!

I can't believe she is able to drive!
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Sorry..here's the info on the sentences

Statute Description Class Type Occ Offense Date Plea Verdict Finding Verdict Date Fine Fee(s)
53a-56b* Manslaughter 2nd Deg-Motor Veh 1 7/26/2005 Not Guilty Guilty 2/7/2007 $0.00 $0.00
Sentenced: 10 Years Jail, Execution Suspended After 6 Years, Probation 5 Years
53a-56b* Manslaughter 2nd Deg-Motor Veh 1 7/26/2005 Not Guilty Guilty 2/7/2007 $0.00 $0.00
Sentenced: 10 Years Jail, Execution Suspended After 6 Years, Probation 5 Years
53a-56b* Manslaughter 2nd Deg-Motor Veh 1 7/26/2005 Not Guilty Guilty 2/7/2007 $0.00 $0.00
Sentenced: 10 Years Jail, Execution Suspended After 6 Years, Probation 5 Years
53a-57* Misconduct W/ Motor Vehic (Mv) 1 7/26/2005 Guilty 2/7/2007 $0.00 $0.00
Sentenced: 5 Years Jail
53a-57* Misconduct W/ Motor Vehic (Mv) 1 7/26/2005 Guilty 2/7/2007 $0.00 $0.00
Sentenced: 5 Years Jail
53a-57* Misconduct W/ Motor Vehic (Mv) 1 7/26/2005 Guilty 2/7/2007 $0.00 $0.00
Sentenced: 5 Years Jail
14-227a ILL Opn Mv Under Infl Alc/Drug 1 7/26/2005 Guilty 2/7/2007 $1,000.00 $130.00
Sentenced: 6 Months Jail

Hope u enjoyed your "probation"....Your time has come...jail!!!
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signs over their house for no reason.

This woman should be in jail.
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I truly feel for the Inverno and Shelley families but I also agree with the appellate decision. You cannot send someone to jail based a blood alcohol level from blood that was NEVER 100% proven to be Miss Coccomo's. A terrible thing has happened and I can understand the need to blame someone but the system is not broken. It is only protecting all parties involved.
In response to comment #5, there are written documents stating that Miss Coccomo signed the deed to her house over to her mom 2 weeks prior to the accident. Know your facts before you make such statements!
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I am the grandson of James and Barbra Inverno, Glenn Shelly was also one of my best friends. I was there the night waiting for them to arrive at the High Ridge diner and unfortunetly they never arrived due to the actions of Tricia Cocomo. My family and I are deeply saddened by this decision and I personally have lost faith in the americian judicial system.

I can only hope she recieves the punishment that is rightfully due to her in the following re-trial.
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She went to the other side of the road..duh!!drunk and or on the phone..SHE'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR DEATHS...PERIOD!! She's going to be shown for what she is..She's got many civil suits out there too..hope she's getting a ride to those!!
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Why isn't anyone condeming the state's attorneys office?

They are the one's that screwed this thing up. They suck and they know it!!!
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They overturned for a reason.
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Check it out...

http://www.jud.ct.gov/external/supapp/Cases/A...

http://www.jud.ct.gov/external/supapp/Cases/A...

Thanks to freedom of information act.
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YES,AND IT'S CALLED THE TRUTH. THERE ARE MANY OF YOU SO CALLED "FRIEND & FAMILY" OUT THERE WHO CONSTANTLY DRINK AND DRIVE NOW AND HAVE CONVICTIONS FOR IT. I HAVE WITNESSED YOU DO IT MYSELF. IT'S VERY EASY TO CONDEMN SOMEONE ELSE AND TAKE THE DO AS I SAY AND NOT AS I DO ATTITUDE. HOWEVER, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN SOMETHING, TAKE A LOOK ONLINE FOR THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT CONVICTIONS. YOU MAY BE SURPRISED BY THE NAMES YOU WILL SEE!! OR MAYBE YOU WON'T!! AFTER ALL, JUST AS STATED ABOVE THE CONVICTIONS ARE PUBLIC INFOMATION. HAVE FUN!!
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They overturned for a reason.
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if the evidence shows that it wasnt her blood then how is she guilty? read the appeat file , its posted for every one to read.. and micky sherman wasnt her lawyer for the appeal. people should learn the facts before the make them selves look and sound stupid... sorry your witch hunt is over
Sad in Stamford

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This is the worst. I just can't stomach the idea that the Judical System would allow her to walk free. She killed 3 people... I have also lost faith in our system.
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GREAT!!! Jennifer Mardi was on the scene!!! Jesus!
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THIS CASE SCREAMED COVERUP FROM DAY ONE. FINALLY, THE JUDGES SAW THROUGH IT!! THANKS TO GOD!
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idiots wrote:
if the evidence shows that it wasnt her blood then how is she guilty? read the appeat file , its posted for every one to read.. and micky sherman wasnt her lawyer for the appeal. people should learn the facts before the make them selves look and sound stupid... sorry your witch hunt is over
Mickey Sherman was her lawyer in her original case. reread what i posted. Not everyone that hits a car in the opposite lane is drunk..but it DOES HAPPEN AND IT DID THAT NIGHT!

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