Bruce Nozolino convicted of murder, attempted murder
Updated On: Mar 09 2014 11:45:09 PM CDT
A Colorado Springs jury found Bruce Nozolino guilty of murder and attempted murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Nozolino was convicted of four shootings spanning from 2001 to 2008. The judge told the courtroom, Nozolino couldn't stop being angry about his divorce in the late 1990's, and that's what motivated him to commit the crimes.
Prosecutors said In 2001 Nozolino shot into the home of John Ciccolella, his ex-wife's divorce lawyer. Four months later, Nozolino shot into the home of Gilbert Martinez, the judge who presided in his divorce. The following year Nozolino shot Ciccolella in the eye while he was in his office. And in 2008 Nozolino shot and killed Richard Schreiner, his ex-wife's lover.
"(Nozolino) was out to terrorize people," said Dan May, district attorney for the 4th Judicial District. "A shroud of that terror has been taken off my victims' shoulders and they now can live their lives."
The Ciccolellas said they are relieved it's all over.
"Over the 13 years (since his shooting) the only time I ever really felt safe is when I left the country," Ciccolella said. "And hopefully with time, I'll start to feel the same way here in my hometown."
Ciccolella said he is pleased with Nozolino's sentence. His fear was that Nozolino would have the possibility of parole.
"He stalks, he never forgets and I have no doubt that if he ever is given the opportunity to get out of jail, that his goal will be to seek revenge," he said.
But Ciccolella isn't only thinking of Nozolino's earthly sentence.
"The gates of heaven will be closed to him, but the gates of hell will be open," he said. "And that quite frankly is all right with me."
Nozolino earlier was convicted of perjury and attempting to influence a witness in the case. He showed no emotion as the verdict was read and declined to speak during his sentencing hearing.
The trial lasted eight weeks and the jury deliberated for three days.
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