Thursday, October 2, 2014

Albany Man Found Guilty After Trooper Assault

District Attorney P. David Soares announced Thursday that BRUCE IOVINO, 47, of Albany, was found guilty after a jury trial of (1) Count of Assault in the Second Degree, a Class D Violent Felony, before the Honorable Judge Thomas A. Breslin in Albany County Court on Tuesday afternoon.

On April 2, 2014, members of the New York State Police were conducting an investigation at the Home Depot in East Greenbush after incidents of theft were reported.  During their investigation, IOVINO, and co-defendant ANTHONY M. COURCELLE, 44, also of Albany, were discovered to have stolen items from the store.  The pair then left the store in a vehicle that COURCELLE was driving.

State Police attempted to stop the vehicle but COURCELLE led police on high speed pursuit.  The pursuit ended on Old Hickory Drive in the Loudon Arms Apartment Complex, where COURCELLE was taken into custody.  IOVINO led the police in a foot pursuit and physically resisted being arrested which resulted in one State Police member suffering a broken finger. 

COURCELLE pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in Albany City Court.

IOVINO faces a maximum of 7 years in State Prison when sentenced on November 18, 2014.

Assistant District Attorney Mathew Hauf of the Major Offenses Unit is handling the prosecution of this case.

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