Defendant Wants Pot Busts Removed From Record
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Case: State v. Nicholas Menditto
Court: Connecticut Appellate Court
Date: Wednesday, September 11
Time: 10 a.m.
Attorneys: Harry D. Weller; Aaron J. Romano
Summary: A man arrested several times for possessing a small amount of marijuana, an offense that has since been decriminalized, is seeking to have his criminal records destroyed and his pending charges dropped.
Background: On July 28, 2009, Nicholas Menditto was arrested and charged by the Coventry Police Department with possession of marijuana. According to court documents, Menditto was in possession of 0.15 ounces of marijuana and a small plastic bag containing trace amounts of marijuana.
A few weeks later, on August 14, 2009, Menditto was arrested and charged by the Vernon Police Department with possession of marijuana. This time he was found with 0.01 ounces of marijuana. Both times he was formally charged with possession of a controlled substance, less than four ounces of marijuana.
On October 28, 2009, Menditto entered pleas of guilty on two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced the same day to a year in jail, the execution of which was suspended, and 18 months of probation.