Sherman Man Gets 7 Years For Judge Bribe Attempt
The Associated Press
A 77-year-old Sherman man was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for attempting to bribe a judge to influence a grand jury investigation into the 1984 disappearance of his wife.
Dominic Badaracco was also sentenced to three years of probation by Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin, who said such crimes "strike at the heart" of the criminal justice system.
Badaracco was convicted in July of offering $100,000 to state Superior Court Judge Robert Brunetti to influence a one-man grand jury convened in 2010, looking into Mary Badaracco's unsolved disappearance.
Brunetti testified that on Nov. 17, 2010, Badaracco called him at his home and asked for his help, saying: "I'm only gonna say this one time ... It's worth 100 Gs."
Defense attorney Richard Meehan Jr. said he would appeal and asked the sentencing judge to allow Badaracco to remain free until the case is reviewed.
Mary Badaracco was 38 when she disappeared from the couple's home in Sherman. Her body was never found, but her disappearance was classified as a homicide in 1990. A one-judge grand jury finished an investigation last year without charging anyone in her death.
Dominic and Mary Badaracco had been married for 14 years when she vanished. Dominic Badaracco has said they were about to get divorced, and he came home from work one day to find that she was gone, along with her clothes, jewelry and $100,000 that he gave her. He said he never saw her again.
Badaracco was considered a suspect and a possible target of the grand jury investigation, authorities said. Badaracco denies any involvement, Meehan said.
Meehan sought a more lenient sentence, noting Badaracco's age and health issues. The defense submitted 31 letters seeking leniency for Badaracco from supporters including police officers.