A Sherman man was sentenced to serve seven years in prison for offering money to a Superior Court judge in an attempt to bribe the judge in connection with a grand jury investigation into the disappearance of the man’s wife.
DOMINIC BADARACCO, SR., age 77, of 25 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman, was found guilty by a jury in Bridgeport Superior Court on June 28,2013, of one count of Bribery. He was sentenced today by Judge Robert Devlin to 7 years in prison and 3 years special parole.
The evidence introduced at the trial showed that Badaracco’s ex-wife, Mary Badaracco, disappeared in August 1984, and has been presumed dead. Her disappearance remains unsolved despite numerous investigative efforts over the years.
According to the evidence presented at the trial, an investigatory grand jury was empaneled in August 2010 to investigate the disappearance of Mary Badaracco. Dominic Badaracco was considered a suspect and a possible target of the grand jury investigation.
Shortly after the grand jury commenced hearing evidence, Dominic Badaracco learned of the grand jury’s existence. In November, 2010, Mr. Badaracco contacted a Superior Court judge who had represented him in business dealings before he became a judge and asked for the judge’s help with the investigation.
Testimony showed that when the judge told him there was nothing he could do Mr. Badaracco offered the judge $100,000 for his assistance. The judge hung up the phone and reported the matter to appropriate authorities.
The grand jury investigation has been completed. No arrests have been made in the death of Mary Badaracco.
The case was prosecuted by the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.