A Vermont man accused of hiring a hitman to kill his former business partner is asking for a shorter prison sentence. The Valley News reports that Louis A. Fucci Jr., former owner of the closed Benning Street Bar and Grill, took the stand Tuesday in Windsor Superior Court to explain that he is a changed man and suffered from mental illness during 2011 when he allegedly hired a hitman to kill both his business partner and ex-girlfriend at the time.
The 59-year old was transported from prison in Michigan where he serving 10-15 years for three felony charges for Tuesday’s hearing in Vermont for officials to reconsider the length of his sentence.
He explained that multiple factors, including his mental state and the decline of his business, were not given enough emphasis during his sentencing in 2013. Fucci’s former business partner, Bruce Weissman, and ex-girlfriend, Joy Barney, who he had tried to have killed, have expressed their support of the longest possible sentence. Fucci’s attorney argued for a reduction of six to 15 years which could see Fucci released this year.
However, no witnesses at the hearing confirmed the alleged mental illness that he said he suffered from during the time of the crime.