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.