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Sunday, September 8

Zecchini's restitution *Updated*

According to sources in City Hall and the Saratoga County District Attorney's office, Matthew Zecchini, who caused $4,800 in damage to City Hall on a drunken rampage in March, has not paid the city for the full damages in the three months since he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief for the crime.

He had originally been charged with two felonies, but as part of a plea deal he agreed to pay for the damage he caused to the taxpayer-owned building with a fire extinguisher and cinder block. He was also required to enter an inpatient alcohol treatment facility.

With only part of the restitution paid so far, though, District Attorney James A. Murphy III said his office will bring him back before a City Court judge and find him in violation of his conditional discharge. It will be up to a judge to decide if Zecchini should have an extension on his condition or impose new sentences.

*Update*

Murphy just informed me that Zecchini paid his restitution, in full, after we ran the video of his drunken spree (and then all of the local TV stations followed with). Murphy said " I am pleased with whatever assistance the added publicity may have been to encourage the defendant to expedite his payments."

Just for old times' sake, let's have another look at that surveillance video.


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