Jay Leone is a resident of Greenbrae, California, a small community in Marin County about ten miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Mr. Leone is a ninety-year-old WWII vet. One morning, earlier this year, a man broke into Leone’s house, held a gun to his head, forced him in a chair and bound his hands with a belt. Sam Cutrufelli is the name of the perpetrator. While Leone was bound, Cutrufelli searched the old man’s house for valuables.
Eventually, Leone was able to break his hands free and then convinced Cutrufelli to let him use the bathroom. Leone did go to his bathroom, but only to retrieve one of his 5 handguns. When Leone returned and spotted Cutrufelli in his closet, the burglar reacted by shooting the old man in his jaw. Leone reciprocated, and after they fought over each other’s guns, the perpetrator was finally able to pin down the old man with his gun held against Leone’s head. He pulled the trigger and found that there were no bullets left in his gun.
Both men sustained injuries from the gun fight, and when police found Cutrufelli bleeding in his car not far from Leone’s house, Cutrufelli told them he had shot himself, and that he needed medical attention.
This seems to be a fairly cut and dry case. Cutrufelli is obviously the armed robber who tried to kill the homeowner, and the old man was only trying to defend himself and his property. He did what any responsible gun owner would have done. But Fox News just reported that Cutrufelli is suing Leone for “negligently shooting” him. It turns out that Cutrufelli is a meth addict, and his criminal defense lawyer claims that this case was simply a “drug deal gone sideways.” The lawyer also faults Leone for shooting Cutrufelli in the back when he was trying to flee. The Marin Independent Journal reports further “damage” done to the meth addict:
“Samuel Cutrufelli, who was also shot during the incident, claims Jay Leone ‘negligently shot’ him during the confrontation inside Leone’s home. Cutrufelli, 31, claims Leone caused him ‘great bodily injury, and other financial damage, including loss of Mr. Cutrufelli’s home, and also the dissolution of Mr. Cutrufelli’s marriage.'”
Yes, he received “bodily injury” because he broke into someone else’s house. He should have expected to receive at least bodily injury the moment he decided he was going to commit a crime. He’s lucky he still has his life. And was his marriage really dissolved because of an elderly homeowner trying to defend himself? Are they sure Cutrufelli’s meth addiction had nothing to do with it? If this man were not a meth addict, would any of this ever happened? How in the world do they expect anybody to sympathize with this man?