August 18, 2022

Della Rocco Granted Accelerated Rehabilitation on 2009 Charges

CHESTER— The case against Charles “Chuck” Della Rocco, the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for first selectman in 2009, has been resolved with a judge’s decision to grant him accelerated rehabilitation on charges of second degree forgery and third degree larceny.

Della Rocco, 42, of 6 Bartkiewicz Road, was arrested by state police on a court warrant on Nov. 5, 2009 on charges related to an alleged illegal sale of a Ford pick up truck he had borrowed from neighbors Peter and Cheryl Lynch in July 2009. Only days earlier, Della Rocco, a former police officer in Old Saybrook, had been soundly defeated in the town election by Republican First selectman Tom Marsh.

Della Rocco was the Democratic nominee against Marsh, who earlier this year left the Republican Party to run for governor as the nominee of the Connecticut Independent Party.

Middlesex Superior Court Judge Patrick Clifford granted Della Rocco’s request for accelerated rehabilitation at an Aug. 13 court session in Middletown. Della Rocco in June had dismissed the attorney who represented him since the arrest, Hartford lawyer Paul Spinella.

Under the state’s accelerated rehabilitation procedure, a defendant’s criminal charges may be dismissed from the record if the individual does not violate any other state laws for a specified time period. Accelerated rehabilitation is a one-time option for the defendant. Clifford set a May 13, 2011 cout date to review Della Rocco’s case.