HARTFORD – State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) testified in the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday on legislation, House Bill 5477, that will fix a loophole in Connecticut General Statutes regarding post-conviction bonds.
Rep. Zupkus received information from a concerned constituent that a violent criminal Hiral Patel was out on a post-conviction bond.
In 2012, Patel was convicted of eight counts related to a 2012 drug-related murder that occurred in Sharon, Connecticut. His charges included felony murder and conspiracy to commit home invasion. After the jury found him guilty, he was released on a post-conviction bond of $1.5 million while he was awaiting sentencing.
Rep. Zupkus said, “Patel should have never been released on a post-conviction bond. We have laws on the books that prohibit persons convicted of felony murder from being released on a bond.”
After Rep. Zupkus contacted the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office to inquire as to Mr. Patel had been released from prison she was told that the Connecticut Practice Book Section, which lawyers and our courts rely on does not make it clear that persons convicted of felony murder along with other serious crimes that are enumerated in the statutes are not allowed to be released on post-conviction bond.
I wanted to notify you that this week bills regarding tolls and the legalization of marijuana will receive public hearings.
Are you concerned about these two bill becoming law? If so, your voice can be heard by submitting written testimony to the Transportation Committee and the General Law Committee.
How to submit your testimony? You can testify in person or send the committees an email. Your comments can be as brief as you like, but there is no limit on the length of written testimony. Just include your name and town, include the subject of the bill in the subject line of the email, and copy my office at Lezlye.Zupkus@housegop.ct.gov.
Email – email@example.com
House Bill 5391 – An Act Concerning Transportation Infrastructure
General Law Committee
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
House Bill 5458 – An Act Concerning the Regulation of the Retail Sale of Marijuana
As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, please contact me at Lezlye.Zupkus@housegop.ct.gov or 860-240-8700.
State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus
To the editor,
We started the 2018 legislative session with the governor’s address to the General Assembly, which failed to address the single most important issue in Connecticut – our failing economy.
I am sure you are reading the daily headlines and listening to news outlets on television that all paint a bleak picture of Connecticut. It doesn’t have to be this way; we can tackle our budget deficits by taking bold action this session.
Last year, we started taking steps to stop out of control state spending and borrowing by implementing strong spending and bonding caps. But as I mentioned when the budget was passed, it didn’t go far enough.
We need to roll back anti-business policies that are hampering businesses from growing. Here are a couple of things we can do immediately to help business owners: