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Darien Turkey Bowl vandalism: Two get probation

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Sons of a former Darien first selectman were granted probation for urinating on equipment and stealing a gym bag at a football game last year.

Two others allegedly involved, however, appear to be fighting it out in court.

Stamford Court agreed to give Michael and Greg Klein accelerated rehabilitation, a probation program that allows the offenses to be wiped clean from their record, pending a year of good behavior. Michael faced larceny, criminal mischief, conspiracy to commit criminal mischief and trespassing charges, and his brother Greg faced the same charges with the exception of larceny.

Michael was seen on video taking a gym bag from the New Canaan football team’s locker room at the annual Turkey Bowl game last November, according to court records. Some equipment was reportedly urinated upon.

Michael and Greg Klein are sons of former First Selectman Evonne Klein, who also made news recently after being appointed by Gov. Dannel Malloy to serve on the recently established state Department of Housing, to work on affordable housing issues.

The former town leader has not responded to requests for comment on this story.

Also charged in the incident are Rocco Colandro, Kevin Green and William Canning.

Canning has also applied for accelerated rehabilitation, which is usually only offered to first time offenders. Canning has court on Tuesday, March 12, when the court will determine whether his application is accepted.

Colandro has pleaded not guilty, and his attorney, Stephen Carriero, told the Darien Times that he’s still waiting to see the video that shows the incident.

“It’s unclear what involvement, if any, my client had in the high school prank,” Carriero said. “We’re going to wait until we view a copy of the surveillance video before we decide how best to proceed in light of the fact that my client did not urinate on anything.”

The video showed Colandro and Green standing outside the locker room while the Kleins entered the room, the affidavit states, acting as “look outs.” According to witness testimony, Greg walked out of the locker room “fixing the zipper area of his pants…”

The alleged offenders were also seen on video giving each other high-fives, and appearing “excited,” the affidavit says. All five men went into the bathroom at one point, according to the video, although Colandro and Green were only inside for 10 seconds. Canning and the Kleins were in the locker room for about two minutes, according to the affidavit.

Mark Sherman, an attorney representing Green, has called the charges against his client “heavy-handed,” and said he believes the surveillance tapes will vindicate his client.

“We are hopeful the video footage will clear Kevin of the vandalism charges, and we will work diligently to see these charges dismissed,” Sherman told The Times.

Darien Police Capt. Fred Komm told The Times that he would only release the video to the media if one of the men charged were found guilty.

ddesroches@darientimes.com

 

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