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AUDIO EXCLUSIVE: Prosecutor speaks out on DaSilva case

Cross post from HatCityBLOG

After Danbury landlord Joe DaSilva was sentenced to 18 months incarceration for causing the death of Ecuadorian immigrant Luis Encalada Bueno, I had a chance to speak to the prosecutor in the case, Assistant State’s Attorney Sharmese Hodge, to get her take on the judge’s decision.

For those who don’t know, Hodge, a Western Connecticut State University alum who studied law at George Washington University has made quite a name for herself as a successful prosecutor in Greater Danubury. Hodge she was successful in several high profile cases in the area including the murder trial of business owner Zef Vulevic by Marash Gojcaj, and the child sex abuse trail against youth minister Troy Grant.

During the brief interview, Hodge responded to one of the concerns many people in the immigrant community had regarding the case, the reduction of charges against DaSilva as well as the judge’s emphasis of DaSilva’s lack of truthfulness to the police in the matter and how that impacted his case. At first, I planned to do a write-up on Hodge’s remarks but decided later decided to just to post the audio from the interview so you can hear Hodge in her own words…