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People v Joseph Bontempo

On August 10, 2016, an Alameda County jury convicted defendant Joseph Bontempo of second degree murder for the killing of his wife, Laurie Wolfe, on July 6, 2014.

Defendant Bontempo and his wife had been together for nearly twenty years when he beat her to death inside their home. There was no known history of domestic violence between the two.

Defendant Bontempo inflicted multiple blunt force injuries on Lauri Wolfe, forcefully slamming her head and body into the edge of a hardwood stair as well as the ground below, a minimum of sixteen times.

Defendant Bontempo waited between two and four hours before calling 911, at which point he told the dispatcher, responding paramedics, and police that the victim had fallen down the stairs. Defendant Bontempo maintained this story throughout the entire case.

At trial, Defendant Bontempo did not testify in his defense. Expert witnesses conducted scientific analysis of the physical evidence, disproving a fall resulted in those injuries.

Bontempo will be sentenced by the Honorable Judge Goodman on November 15, 2016, in Dept 9. He faces a sentence of fifteen years to life in state prison.

The prosecutor was DDA Laura Passaglia with assistance from DA Inspector Andrea Mooreland and Victim-Witness Advocate Kelli Sage.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016