Norwich man represents himself at City Court; felon sentenced for assault

NORWICH— A Norwich man represented himself in a non-jury trial for disorderly conduct, a convicted felon was sentenced to jail for assault and two others’ sentences were adjourned for contemplation of dismissal in Norwich City Court on Jan. 8.

• Robert Gallo, Jr., 32, Norwich, was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly fighting or engaging in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior.

Gallo had a non-jury, trial by judge before Judge James E. Downey on Jan. 8.

After Gallo approaching Downey without a lawyer by his side, Downey asked Gallo where his attorney was.

“I am my lawyer, sir,” said Gallo.

“What? Did you go to law school?” said Downey.

“No, I read a book,” said Gallo. “Street Law. That's what it was called.”

Gallo said he had talked to Second Assistant District Attorney Thomas Bowen and had come to an agreement with him. He said he would be entering a plea of guilty.

When Downey asked Gallo what the agreement was, Gallo said, “A fine set by you, sir.”

Bowen said he told Gallo he would recommend a fine as the sentence for pleading guilty to disorderly conduct, but that he told Gallo sentencing is ultimately up to Downey.

Downey asked Bowen about the case, and Bowen said Gallo allegedly was in a fight with another person, which NPD Officer Carpenter witnessed.

“You've got a lousy record,” said Downey to Gallo.

Regarding the fight, Gallo said to Downey, “I was hit with a rock, sir.”

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