State v. Madigoski
An individual who allegedly murders a girlfriend, in violation of Connecticut General Statutes §53a-54a, can be sentenced to 60 years in prison. Allegedly, the petitioner, Gregg Madigoski, argued with his girlfriend and strangled her to death. A jury convicted the petitioner of murder, and Superior Court Judge Thomas O'Keefe sentenced the petitioner to 50 years in prison. The petitioner's attorney, Norm Pattis, argued that the state should have been required to examine the petitioner, to confirm that he was mentally competent, and that the petitioner should have been found not guilty by reason of insanity. Alternatively, Attorney Norm Pattis requested a sentence reduction to 25 years. The state's attorney, Terry Mariani, objected that the female victim was unarmed and that the victim's murder left the victim's infant without a mother. The 50-year sentence was not inappropriate or disproportionate, and the Sentence Review Division affirmed. "The petitioner," wrote the Sentence Review Division, "strangled to death his girlfriend leaving behind a six month old child to be raised without a mother."