STAMFORD -- A father and son charged with assaulting an elderly woman with a garden shovel in 2007 appeared in state Superior Court on Wednesday, where lawyers told a judge that a plea deal was possible.
"An offer has been made," said attorney Edward Gavin, who is representing Pasquale Ciullo, the father charged with assault. "We need one week to review it with our clients and either reject or accept the deal."
The contents of the plea agreement were not released or stated in court Wednesday.
Pasquale Ciullo, 50, and his son Angelo Ciullo, 24, both of 1 Byram Dock St., appeared before Judge Richard Comerford wearing suits during their brief court appearance.
The two men were arrested on July 4, 2007, during an altercation with a 60-year-old woman stemming from a continuing property-line feud. Police were dispatched to 176 Byram Shore Road on a report of an altercation involving guns. At the home, police were told that the Ciullos pointed handguns at two workers hired to install a fence for the woman who owns the home, according to reports. Pasquale Ciullo also allegedly beat the woman about the body with a garden shovel during the dispute, police said.
Pasquale Ciullo was charged with first-degree assault on a person 60 years old or older, first-degree unlawful restraint, possession of weapons in a motor vehicle and three counts of second-degree threatening, all felonies; as well as first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree reckless endangerment, breach of peace and conspiracy to commit second-degree reckless endangerment, which are misdemeanors, according to police.
Angelo P. Ciullo, was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault on a person 60 years old or older, conspiracy to commit first-degree unlawful restraint, two counts of second-degree threatening and possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, all felonies; and three counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and breach of peace, which are misdemeanors, according to police.
At the time of the dispute, property records showed that Pasquale Ciullo owned a home at 172 Byram Shore Road, adjacent to the home of the alleged victim, Rose Pinchuk. The father and son assault case has been in court nearly 26 times since the 2007 incident without coming to a resolution. If the offer is rejected, the case will likely go to trial.
The incident also sparked a civil case against the two men by Pinchuk, which is currently pending.
The Ciullos will appear back in court Sept. 30.