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Anja from Germany
05-24-2011 5:32:30 PM EST
Dear Tamburello family. Congratulations on the verdict. Finally justice has been served. I only recently came across Vinnie Jr.'s website after watching your second oldest son's heartbreaking appearance on TV back in 2009 when he was desperately struggling with his brother's death. I can't imagine the insurmountable grief this tragic loss has caused and the hardship you must have gone through in the past three years. Yet you must know that your undying strength and admirable courage to fight for your son are an inspiration to all of us and in particular to those who are wronged by legal 'justice' in their battle for a beloved one. May you find peace of mind and solace knowing that Vinnie has been redeemed. God bless your family. My thoughts and prayers and heartfelt wishes go out to you.
05-24-2011 4:24:55 PM EST
Congratulations on having Bolaski convicted! Your determination for justice for your son is an inspiration. I have been following this from the beginning and your struggles. I know having Bolaski convicted was the most important thing for you but what about the other people that were involved? Especially Blanchard and Ucci. It seems they were the main instigators. They should be charged with accessory. from what I read blanchard showed his true colors in the courtroom. All of this stemmed from Blanchard. I hope the district attorney does not let these other people get off. What they did led to murder and all of them should be held accountable. Including district Attorney Sand.
05-24-2011 7:22:18 AM EST
Dear Tamburello family-congratulations on the verdict. Although your journey is not over, I'm glad for you all and hope that this measure of justice will help bring peace to you.
Sincere from Vermont
05-22-2011 9:49:51 PM EST
Your courage to fight for your son is an inspiration. You went against all the odds and did not ever give up. I can't imagine your struggle and hardship that you went through but I must tell you a lot of people around here are very proud of you! I hope you can now get your life together and move forward. I'm sure your son is very proud of you. God bless you and your family.
Gina Lawless Atkins
05-22-2011 8:59:30 AM EST
I LOVE reading the story below !!!! I am just so thankful this day had FINALLY came. JUSTICE !!! Way to go Vinnie, Ronnie and family.
Valley News Report
05-21-2011 3:08:42 PM EST
Bolaski Found Guilty of Murder
Victim's Father: ‘Never Give Up'
By Mark Davis
Valley News Staff Writer
White River Junction -- As the word “guilty” hung in the still courtroom, family members of Vinnie Tamburello flung their arms around one another, grabbing tight, trying not to yell.
Standing at the defense table, Kyle Bolaski stared straight ahead, without expression, while his younger brother Corey, in the courtroom gallery, buried his head in his hands.
After three hours of deliberation, a Windsor Superior Court jury yesterday found Kyle Bolaski guilty of second-degree murder, rejecting his claim that he shot Vincent Tamburello in self-defense during a 2008 melee at a softball field in Chester, Vt., that was witnessed by dozens of people.
“I can't explain how it feels to have victory for our son, justice for Vinnie, finally,” Tamburello's father, Vincent Tamburello, said outside the courthouse, holding a photograph of his son. “I never thought, three years ago, that we'd be here. I would never give up on Vinnie, my family would never give up. We knew they killed our son.”
Bolaski, 27, has been free on bail since the shooting, but as his family watched from the gallery, he was led away by sheriff's deputies and transported to Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, Vt., to begin serving a sentence of 20 years to life.
The jury of six men and six women found Bolaski not guilty of a second charge, aggravated assault, for allegedly hitting Tamburello in the head with the butt of his rifle as Tamburello lay dying.
Bolaski's mother, father and brother left without commenting, as did his girlfriend, who attended every day of the trial and lingered after everyone else had left yesterday to see Bolaski driven off in a squad car.
Bolaski's attorney, Kevin Griffin, could not be reached for comment after the verdict was announced yesterday evening.
Earlier in the day, Griffin made a final appeal for Bolaski's freedom, telling jurors that while dozens of witnesses gave conflicting accounts of the fatal confrontation, Bolaski fired a second shot from the .30-06 rifle because he believed Tamburello, who had swung an ax at him, was still threat.
“Nobody at the ball field had a better view, a better perception of the threat Vinnie Tamburello posed, than Kyle Bolaski,” Griffin said during his closing argument. “He was the one who had been pursued, hunted down, completely locked in to what Vinnie Tamburello was doing at that point, and there has been a ton of second guessing of that decision to fire the second shot.”
But several witnesses testified that Tamburello had been retreating when he died. And, perhaps most damning of all, an autopsy showed that the fatal shot entered Tamburello's back.
During his argument yesterday, Griffin addressed that finding for the first time, arguing that Tamburello may have suddenly twisted his body, perhaps to elevate the ax, before he was shot. But Griffin did not offer any witnesses to testify about that theory during the trial. Bolaski did not take the stand.
“Vinnie Tamburello is dead because of a bullet that man put in his back,” prosecutor John Lavoie said, pointing at Bolaski, during his closing argument. “There's a broad range of witnesses who describe him … hobbling, limping, and he's moving back, he's trying to retreat, trying to run away. The defendant pursues him and shoots him in the back.”
Bolaski and Tamburello were total strangers -- they may never have even exchanged a single word.
In the days before the shooting, Tamburello had been feuding with a group of Bolaski's friends in the Springfield area. The confrontation started when Tamburello allegedly stole $40 worth of marijuana from one of the friends, and continued into a warm Sunday evening days later.
Many of the details were hotly contested, as participants gave conflicting accounts and changed their stories during the the investigation. But somehow, Tamburello and a large group that included Bolaski met at Mackenzie Field in Chester, as dozens of softball players drank beer and celebrated the end of a weekend long tournament.
Tamburello grabbed an ax and charged the group, causing them to scatter. He kept running after Bolaski, who ran to his truck and grabbed the rifle. As Tamburello plunged the ax into the truck, Bolaski loaded and fired once, hitting Tamburello in the leg. Then he fired again.
Vinnie Tamburello, 32, was the oldest of four siblings from the neighborhoods of Charlestown, Mass, north of Boston. He struggled with substance abuse in the final years of his life, and moved to Vermont in the summer of 2008, hoping to start anew. But Tamburello remained proud of his hometown: As he lay bleeding to death on a grassy field, he spoke his final words.
“My name is Victor,” he told a police officer. “I'm from Boston.”
For much of the past two weeks, Lavoie assumed an almost bombastic personality, repeatedly engaging in heated exchanges with witnesses and provoking the ire of Judge Patricia Zimmerman. Yesterday, Lavoie quietly declined to comment.
“Thank you, though,” he said, before loading his files into his trunk and driving off.
For the Tamburello family, even having a murder trial was something of a victory. In 2009, Windsor County State's Attorney Robert Sand dropped the murder charge to voluntary manslaughter, saying he did not have enough evidence to prove murder.
The Tamburellos were enraged. They lobbied to have Sand removed from the case, hired their own attorneys, and leveled accusations that the entire Vermont justice system was corrupt. Eventually, Sand handed the case to Lavoie, a deputy state's attorney in Franklin County, who reinstated the murder charge.
“I did not believe there was any justice in Vermont, but now I believe it,” Tamburello said yesterday. “It's not the system, it's the people that make it work.”
After three years of legal maneuvering, and a two-week trial, the verdict seemed to arrive suddenly. Around 6:30 p.m., word filtered through the courthouse that the jury had decided to go home and resume deliberations in the morning. A few minutes later, word spread from lawyers and security personnel that a decision had been made.
With the Tamburello family and several of Bolaski's friends milling around the courthouse for the past two weeks, security had been unusually tight, and authorities were clearly concerned that the verdict would cause emotions to explode. By the time the jury announced its decision, a dozen sheriff's deputies and four members of the Vermont State Police and several Hartford police officers had assembled at the courthouse.
Both families quietly took seats on the wooden benches in the courtroom. The Tamburellos stayed long enough to hear the verdict and watch Bolaski walk to a holding area, before everyone poured outside into the late evening half-light. “You did it, you did it, you (freaking) did it,” Randy Staples, the victim's uncle, told Vincent Tamburello Sr. as they embraced.
But as the Tamburellos celebrated, 10 yards away, Bolaski's girlfriend stood alone. Wearing a black skirt and a lavender jacket and barefoot, she walked toward the side entrance of the courthouse, the one the public never sees, and waited to see Bolaski put into the backseat of a squad car. They were able to exchange a quick greeting before he was driven away to the prison that will confine him for the next 20 years.
She lingered. In the minutes that followed, she made an obscene gesture toward Lavoie as he drove off, walked toward her own car, and unlocked the door. But she didn't get in.
Instead, she sat on the curb, and lowered her head in her hands.
Mark Davis can be reached at email@example.com or (603) 727-3304.
05-21-2011 2:29:33 PM EST
Well done. Peace be with you and your family.
05-21-2011 1:57:56 AM EST
Im so glad i was with you when they said bolaski was guilty. and watch that scumbag get hauled of to jail. im proud of u guys. you guys did it and vinnie has his justice. love you guys
Shannon Anzalone Italiantownie124@aol.com
05-20-2011 11:03:00 PM EST
Vinnie & Ronnie,
I can't believe what you have been through... its awful! I'm so sorry for you and your family. I've sat here in disbelief for the past couple of nights reading the website word by word. I am so happy for u! The scumbag finally got what he deserves and justice has been served. I'll always remember Vinnie growing up. He was a great kid...always making jokes and making people laugh. RIP Vinnie...You will not be forgotten!
Ashley O. firstname.lastname@example.org
05-20-2011 9:45:28 PM EST
Finally there is justice! Uncle Vinnie and auntie Ronnie! U both have been through so much these past years but all the work u put into this was worth it! This guy is finally getting what he deserves and now u guys can finally have a bit of peace. I love u guys! R.I.P. lil Vinnie
05-20-2011 9:45:22 PM EST
I just want to start out by saying I am glad that the Tamburello family has justice. Being from that surrounding area and having known the Bolaski's and others involved, this prolonged incident showed those particular individuals that they are not untouchable. Having known that Kyle was more upset about how his life was changing because of all this, and not how his actions may have affected the family of the victim is unfathomable. Justice has been rightfully served. Although it may be difficult, please keep in mind that Kyle does not represent the majority of Vermonters. Nor does the revolting comments presumably made by those involved reflect the opinions of those in that town. My heart goes out to the family and friends, but also to Kyle’s mother. She does not deserve a son like him.
05-20-2011 9:44:04 PM EST
Vinnie and Ronnie,I hope this verdict will bring to you the peace and solace you so richly deserve, after the ordeal that you both have been through.Love,prayers and peace to you both.
Phil and Ronnie.
05-20-2011 6:38:16 PM EST
Thank you for working tirelessly to bring charges against the creep who murdered your son. The jury knew in the first minute of deliberations that this was NOT self defense. If we could have done more, we would have. We know what kyle and Tim did after the second shot, but the state's case left some with "reasonable doubt"; not that whether Kyle hit Vinny with the butt of the gun, rather whether it was proven with the evidence. If you have the strength to keep the pressure on so that others' will face charges, I hope you will do so. Peace be with you.
05-20-2011 4:51:56 PM EST
Justice served finally after 3 long yrs may this murderer never walk the streets again,lets hope his friends face the same justice "cowards" god bless Vinnie and family
05-20-2011 4:08:04 PM EST
I am sorry you had to hire your own attorney to see that you had your day in court. I hope that many other people will be brought to justice in this case. It is wrong that Vinnie's family had to work so hard to bring justice in this case. There are many witnesses who lied and probably obstructed justice. I saw no evidence of remorse or that they were at last telling the truth.
May Vinnie's family and friends know that thanks to their diligence and John Lavoie's hard work in presenting the facts of the case, the jury came to a swift and fair decision.
And I know this to be true because I was on the jury.
05-20-2011 11:27:00 AM EST
Finally Justice! I look up to you for all of your hard work and dedication to Vinnie! I know he is very proud of you and all though this will not bring Vinnie back he may now Rest in Peace. May God Bless you!
Gina Lawless Atkins
05-20-2011 9:35:22 AM EST
My message below was suppose to be "How about (not bought) you get on with your life and stay off of this website...Randy, message well said !!!!!
05-20-2011 5:48:18 AM EST
To 'Vermont': First: you should be ashamed of yourself for trying to demoralize the name of a great state with unsubstantiated venom. I understand your pain for losing your friend to a bad decision. I lost a friend, and family member for the same reason. I can also tell you there were 12 people of Vermont that fought their way through the 'lies' you state. However, they're not the same lies you believe. They're the lies of Kyle's friends that took that stand in his defense. We weren't there to hurt anybody. We were there to right a wrong. We weren't there to judge Kyle, either. We left that to twelve fantastic people of Vermont that can walk with their heads high, knowing they did what this country gave them a right to do. You should be as proud of them as we are.
Gina Lawless Atkins
05-20-2011 1:59:06 AM EST
"VERMONT" How bought you get on with your life and stay off of this site !!!!! JUSTICE is served !!!!
05-19-2011 11:32:30 PM EST
Thank you to everyone for you support. Though it is justice and we are very happy justice has finally been served it will never bring our Vinnie back. But at least we made sure no other family will have to go through what we have gone through.
05-19-2011 11:16:08 PM EST
Iam so glad justice has finally been served and that this killer will no longer be free to harm another family we love yall and I cant express enough how happy iam that justice has been serve
Gina Lawless Atkins email@example.com
05-19-2011 10:16:13 PM EST
To "the truth" what are you hiding from? Why don't you post your name? Because THE TRUTH is your scumbag buddy is going right where he needs to be going.. Maybe you can get you a sleeping bag and go spend a couple of nights with him in prison because you sound just as much as a scumbag as Kyle is.... I can not believe that you would get on this website and post such statements. You are probably upset because your dealer is now going to be spending his time behind bars instead of supplying you drugs.... Vinnie, Ronnie and family I am so proud of what y'all have accomplished, some many people would have given up when y'all continued fighting. It has now paid off. I pray that y'all can now start living your life. I am sure Vinnie is smiling down on you saying "Thank you Mom and Dad, you never stopped fighting for me" !!!!
05-19-2011 10:10:05 PM EST
Vin Sr, you are to be admired. Well done sir, well done. Your dedication and courage is inspiring. Now to further cleanse rebuild the Vermont Judicial System. Sands must go. What an incompetent DA. This case only exposes how white trash and backwards Vermont's judicial system is. It makes me embarrassed to be from this state, to call myself a Vermonter. That's why I moved away from Southern Vermont, if your a passionate and intelligent young man in your 20's its just bad news all around. No future. It's time to promote change. Good work. Proud of you man.
05-19-2011 10:06:16 PM EST
Now to pursue charges against Sand and others involved in your son's murder.
05-19-2011 10:05:14 PM EST