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Charges against Connecticut money manager Russell Stidolph — you know, that guy who was driving his Porsche so fast he launched it into the second story of a house — will be dropped in two years if he participates in two remediation programs, Norwalk Patch reports. The owner of the home that was smashed up by Stidolph’s convertible has agreed to the arrangement.
The 35-year old private equity manager plead guilty to “travelling too fast,” and a judge approved his
“accelerated rehabilitation” after Stidolph’s lawyer made a convincing argument that his client had made a an effort to make amends for his crazy crash.
Accelerated rehabilitation is a special type of probation for first-time offenders, not charged with a serious crime and who are deemed unlikely to offend again.
As a reminder, at about 11.30 pm on November 19 last year, Lisa Brinton-Thomson was in bed when suddently, it felt like “a plane had crashed into the house.” There was no plane, but there was a Porsche — which moments prior had been speeding along with an allegedly drunken Stidolph at the wheel.
When police arrived at the house, Sidolph was wedged inside the back seat of his demolished Porsche, which was overturned, on the front yard.
Stidolph has paid almost $80,000 to repair Brinton-Thomson’s home, apparently making it safer than it was before because he paid “to heighten the stone wall he crashed through before striking her house.”
Stidolph will be enrolled in a one-year alcohol education program, and will be on probation for two years.