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March 27, 2013

Restraining order violations get man six months in jail

DANVERS — Just minutes after learning that his former girlfriend had obtained an emergency restraining order against him, Brian Trombetto hopped onto Facebook.

“You’re going to get it now,” Trombetto, 21, wrote in the direct message to the Danvers High student. “Hope I see you dead in the news someday. Bye, you heartless (expletive).”

Ten minutes after sending the message, Trombetto walked into the Danvers police station to pick up the order.

Yesterday, Trombetto admitted to violating that restraining order a total of five times — not including another incident in February, for which he had already been placed on probation.

Salem District Court Judge Michael Brooks, who expressed “grave concerns” about Trombetto’s repeated flouting of the court order, sentenced him to six months behind bars, followed by probation through next year.

Brooks also barred Trombetto from using any social media, including Facebook and Twitter, while he is on probation.

Trombetto, of 83 North St., Danvers, had been hoping that his lawyer, Paul Woods Sr., could persuade the judge to impose a suspended jail term in the cases.

But the judge, while acknowledging that Trombetto needs the supervision and possible mental health treatment that he would receive on probation, said, “There also needs to be some punishment.”

Prosecutor Lars Trautman, who had sought a total of 450 days in jail — 90 days for each of the five violations Trombetto admitted to yesterday — told the judge that he does not believe Trombetto is likely to follow orders of any kind.

“This is a defendant who does not listen to court orders,” Trautman argued. “This is an individual who has been told many, many times not to contact the victim in any way, shape or form.”

His former girlfriend, who missed yesterday’s hearing because she was in school, told the judge in a letter that she is in fear of Trombetto.

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