The state's attorney's office on Tuesday declined to prosecute breach of peace charges against Newington Town Attorney Peter Boorman and the grandson of a woman for whom he serves as conservator in a long-running and bitter probate case.
By choosing to nolle the misdemeanor charges, the state reserves the right to raise them again if a defendant is arrested during the 13 months, otherwise they will be erased.
Wallingford police arrested Boorman, 58, of Newington and Joseph Geremia, 39 of Rocky Hill on May 22 after a physical altercation between the two that happened when Boorman was at the house where Geremia's grandmother lives to collect almost $9,000 pursuant to a probate court order issued earlier that day.
Boorman 's lawyer John D. Ritson said his client would resign in the next few days as conservator for 96-year-old Margaret Geremia. Boorman will remain conservator until Newington Judge Of Probate Robert Randich accepts his resignation, Ritson said.
"He has no intention of staying in the case given what's going on," Ritson said. "It was a crazy situation. This was a very contentious thing that's been going on a long time. He was trying to do what the judge wanted him to do. Joseph Geremia had no business being there."
The Newington Probate Court had received no resignation letter from Boorman as of Tuesday afternoon. If a request is received, Randich would rule on it at the next hearing in the case scheduled for June 11, his office said.
Randich appointed Boorman conservator, putting him in control of Margaret Geremia's finances, last September. Boorman is vice chairman of the Newington Democratic Town Committee, and Randich is a member.
The altercation occurred about an hour after a lengthy and contentious probate court hearing during which Boorman asked for authority to seek a criminal investigation. Boorman claimed that Joseph Geremia's parents, Douglas and Linda Geremia, had failed to explain to him $15,000 in expenditures and gifts made while they managed his mother's affairs.
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