• December 6, 2021

Pasquale Lanciana jailed for 14 years for assault on Armaguard in 1994

Lanciana also paid $ 400,000 in cash for a Williamstown property in a deal struck by attorney John Anile, who was jailed last year. The jury for Lanciana’s first trial, in 2019, did not reach a verdict.

Judge O’Connell said the second jury’s verdict showed he was satisfied with Lanciana’s involvement, and the judge on Friday found the role to be significant based on the amount of money laundered in the property deal, comments to the Witness O and because the five members of the gang played an important role.

Pasquale Lanciana at the time of his arrest in 2016.Credit:Jason South

The trial was unable to determine the specific roles of the gang members, how they obtained the key that opened the truck’s doors, and what they did with the loot, but Judge O’Connell said the crime was extremely serious given the sophisticated planning and style. military. execution, its impudence, the amount stolen and the impact on the victims.

Judge O’Connell said that the circumstances of the robbery could have “lent itself to a Hollywood movie,” the impact on guards Michael West, Robert Brewer and John Johnston was immense. The trio suffered from trauma for years and his colleagues looked at him suspiciously on the assumption that they were involved.

“This crime had a marked effect on these men and their associates,” said the judge. All the guards have since died.

Johnston told police at the time: “I feared for my life and did what they told me. No one was allowed to treat me this way. “

West’s son, Craig, recalled in a hearing last month that he was eight years old when he began to witness changes in his father, who became hyper-vigilant, paranoid and plagued with nightmares.

“My dad, being a big, strong guy, my all-time superhero, would wake up from night terrors screaming at the top of his lungs, sweating and crying uncontrollably, running and hiding behind furniture saying, ‘Don’t shoot, don’ ‘ Don’t shoot, ‘”Craig West wrote in an impact statement.

Charging

A relative of another guard wrote: “He changed it and it ruined our family.”

Lanciana has prior convictions for assault, cannabis trafficking and robbery, and was once considered a suspect in 1984 in the murder of his first wife, Maryanna, the court heard. That crime remains unsolved.

But the character references said that he was a dedicated and generous man who used to care for his elderly mother and now guide and train young inmates. The judge acknowledged that he had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression and that a long period elapsed between the investigation and the sentence.

Lanciana has already served almost three years in prison, either in pretrial detention or awaiting sentence.

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