Lawyer Defends Hammer Attack Suspect’s Defense

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Robertino DeAngelis was found guilty of attempting to kill his girlfriend by allegedly attacking her with a hammer in 2007.

On Wednesday, he was back in court to learn whether he could be released from a juvenile detention center.

Before Judge Kim Clark determines if he will remain in a detention center, she is dealing with another matter.

The attorney, who once defended him, is now defending his handling of the case.

DeAngelis’ family filed an appeal of his conviction, claiming ineffective defense council.

He was found guilty in juvenile court for allegedly attacking his former girlfriend, Sarah DeIuliis, with a hammer.

After the encounter, he was struck by the T in what investigators believed was a suicide attempt.

Patrick Thomassey represented DeAngelis early in the case before the family decided to change lawyers.

On Wednesday, he spent most of the morning defending how he handled the case and he said there isn’t much he would have done differently.

“I’ve said from day one that if these two kids were from Wilkinsburg or Turtle Creek or somewhere like that, this case would have been over way before it was. It was a fight between two kids. He didn’t jump in front of the train, in my opinion, to kill himself. And he seriously and genuinely does have no recollection of what happened that day between him and Ms. DeIuliius. That was the difficult part of trying the case,” Thomassey said.

The judge is still hearing testimony on that issue, but she is expected to make a decision about placement for him.

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  1. John D. says:

    Absent an unequivocal guarantee by the psychiatric medical community that this young man is no longer a threat to society, he should remain incarcerated as long as an adult would have been, and I mean the full ride. Revolving door justice and the consequent recidivism rate is eroding polite society. And some folks question extending the Castle Doctrine beyond your home???

    1. Legal Beagle says:

      For those not in the legal community, kindly explain the castle doctrine. Do you mean the doctrine is, Our home is our castle and we should be safe when there and extend that to also being safe in traveling to and from school to home, such as the instant case?

  2. pots says:

    typical attorney

  3. johnnykov says:

    Honestly…he tried to hide the hammer, she just kept running into it backwards!

    1. local says:

      johnnykov, you are such a feakin idiot, hopefully the next hammer comes down on your sorry arse

  4. local says:

    bang bang….do you see something funny about this. You are no better than that sicko freak, maybe the next hammer will be on your head….you sicko freak

    1. Frontline View says:

      Attempted Murderer Robertino DeAngelis has access to a laptop in jail. For all we know Bang Bang Maxwell may be him communicating from jail.

  5. VBarkley says:

    He needs to stay locked up. Bringing a hammer and duct tape shows premeditation – what will happen to his next girlfriend? Because believe me, no matter what he’s done, there will be some girl dumb enough to believe it will never happen to her.

  6. Sheila Juris says:

    The defendant’s family is trying to turn this into a side show. The first clue of that is when attorneys take the witness stand. However, they will do anything to distract all from the issues that were already ruled upon in court: Robertino DeAngelis is a convicted attempted murderer and he attempted suicide. The court could keep him locked up til max age 21. If you don’t keep them locked up for the max for attempted murder then becomes a mockery of our legal system.

  7. Christine Mooney says:

    The defendant’s family is trying to turn this into a side show. The first clue of that is when attorneys take the witness stand. However, they will do anything to distract all from the issues that were already ruled upon in court: Robertino DeAngelis is a convicted attempted murderer and he attempted suicide. The court could keep him locked up til max age 21. If you don’t keep them locked up for the max for attempted murder then becomes what does deserve the maximum?

  8. Lebo resident says:

    Remember Mt. Lebanon, if they send this attempted killer home, they sen him back to Mt. Lebanon. All the judge is currently hearing, is that DeAngelis never had any previous problems. trouble or violent incidents and was a pillar of the community. ??? Who in our community will speak up and tell the judge of the many other violent incidents involving DeAngelis and many other scarred members of the Mt. Lebanon community?

  9. Joe Miller says:

    Before anyone else chooses to become an expensive client of Thomassey’s, you might want to keep in mind: He lost.

    1. Kristie Blake says:

      Patrick Thomassey lost in the end. He won in the beginning when Judge Mariani decertified the case the Juvenile. When Patrick Thomassey was not able to get the POS off scott free (despite the fact that being DECERTIFIED as a juvenile was an undeserved big break), rich mommy & daddy hired another lawyer. His parents are in denial OBVIOUSLY about what a psycho he is.

  10. John D. says:

    For Legal Beagle, let me try again. The current Castle Doctrine, in place since 1988, provides for the use of force, including lethal force, to protect you, your family, and your guests IN YOUR HOME OR THE HOME OF A HOST. Your deck, patio, porch, or driveway are not covered by the current Castle Doctrine. HB40, a work in progress for nearly 6 and 1/2 years, would have extended the use of force at any level (shouting a warning, bare hands, tree branch, pepper spray, lethal force) to anywhere you may lawfully be. It also removes the current “duty to retreat so long as one can retreat in complete safety”, and provides immunity from civil suit for citizens and law enforcement alike. It is NOT a gun law, as it covers the entire continuum of force, but rather it is a “stand your ground” law. The proposed law merely places us on par with some 30 odd other states. It does not change the law so far as using lethal force to protect property (you may not), nor does it make it any easier to buy a gun, to be licensed to carry a firearm, nor does it protect you if you are the aggressor. While not a lawyer, I am a Certified Firearms Instructor, and I personally view lethal force as a last option, regardless if in my home or not. In conclusion, this is tort reform, and I look for it to become law sometime in January or February. Rendell vetoed this as HB1926 after it won in the House by a vote of 161-35.

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