HARTFORD—A Connecticut native is being charged with threatening to kill the Lt. Governor. Police say 28 year old John Stankus sent the e-mail to Mike Fedele's Capitol office from a Las Vegas computer around Christmas time last year. He was recently arrested in New Jersey.
Tan and dressed in a white shirt and blue Hawaiian shorts, Stankus walked into the courtroom looking more like a surfer than someone capable of making such a serious threat.
According to court documents, Stankus grew up in Prospect with his parents who told police their son left years ago because he thought the State of Connecticut was out to get him. They also told police that their son is mentally ill, obsessed with the Government, conspiracy theories and the Mob. His parents said they held many family events at the New Haven restaurant, mentioned in threatening e-mail, but have no idea why their son would link Brazi with Fedele.
In court, his public defender asked the judge to waive his client's bond so Stankus could be admitted to a hospital for in-care patient medical help.
"The defendant potentially could present a danger to himself and there for, the level of care that would required would be at a major hospital." the public defender said.
The judge denied the request and set bond at $75,000. The judge also ordered Stankus to stay away from the Lt. Governor and his family and to get medical treatment if he is able to post bond.
Stankus has no prior criminal history. His next court date is September 25th. He is charged with threatening in the second degree and Breach of Peace.
Meanwhile, the Lt. Governor sent out this statement about the arrest.
"I cannot comment on the details of an ongoing criminal investigation. However, I can say that in this day and age all threats must be taken seriously and acted upon accordingly. " Fedele said. "My family and I are grateful to the Connecticut State Police for their hard work investigating this incident and apprehending the individual in question."