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December 23, 2013

Serial drunken driver avoids jail

Stefanilo hasn't had license since 1995


He admitted it was.

But under an agreement reached between Stefanilo and his current probation officer, Steve Mulloy, Stefanilo was simply placed back on probation, with requirements that he report to the officer once a month and catch up on his back probation supervision fees, among other conditions, according to the case docket and court papers.

Judge Douglas Wilkins accepted the agreement, according to court records.

In November 2011, probation officers in Essex County, where Stefanilo was being supervised at the time, had urged another judge to revoke his probation after he was caught driving a truck on Route 128 in Burlington.

But Stefanilo also talked his way out of going back to jail after that violation, telling Judge Timothy Feeley that he’d decided to “take a shot” and drive the canteen truck himself after the young woman he’d hired to drive him around had an emergency.

Feeley, who expressed surprise at learning that Stefanilo had started a canteen truck business despite having no license, warned Stefanilo that if caught driving again, he would be facing jail time. “You can’t drive, not today, not tomorrow, not 10 years from now,” he said.

But the judge also expressed concern at the time that if he imposed the two-year suspended sentence, it would wipe away the 25-year probation and the ability to keep an eye on Stefanilo.

A month later, according to records on file in the Middlesex court, Stefanilo asked to have his probation supervision transferred to that county, telling officials he had moved to Medford.

His probation there hasn’t gone smoothly, the docket shows. In 2012, he missed three alcohol tests, once in March and then twice in August.

There’s no record that he’s paid a cent of the $50,000 fine also imposed by Agnes in 2005.

After the July accident, his probation officer in Middlesex County at the time, Robert Cesar, sought a warrant for him to be taken into custody.

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