Bar Owner Out On Bond After Solicitation To Assault Conviction

December 15, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

An Abingdon bar owner, convicted of trying to hire a man to attack his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend, has been released from jail afterposting $250,000 bond.

Giovanni Rivieri was released from the county Detention Center Friday afternoon after his family posted three Baltimore County properties as bond, according to records in Harford Circuit Court.

Rivieri, owner of the Bush Valley Inn, had been held at the detention center without bond since his arrest May 30.

Rivieri, 60, wasconvicted on charges of solicitation to commit mayhem and two countsof solicitation to commit assault and battery following a two-day trial that ended Thursday.

After about three hours of deliberation, the jury of five men and seven women acquitted Rivieri on a charge ofsolicitation to commit murder. Rivieri faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

Circuit Judge Maurice W. Baldwin Jr. is scheduled to sentence Rivieri Jan. 24.

He was ordered not to have any contact with the intended victims before his sentencing.

The bar owner was convicted of trying to hire a state police investigator posing as a man named "Tony" for $3,000, according to testimony.

Rivieri wanted the man to cut off the penis of his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend,the undercover investigator testified. He also wanted the man to assault the woman, the investigator said.

Rivieri met three times with the investigator between May 7 and May 17 to discuss the plan, according to court testimony. Two of the conversations were recorded by the investigator. The tapes were played at the trial.

In closing arguments, Assistant State's Attorney Diana A. Brooks told the jury that Rivieri had been planning to hire a hit man for a year.

She saidRivieri provided the investigator with descriptions of the intended victims, license plate numbers of their cars, and ideas on where the hit man could stage an attack.

"He had been planning and plotting this," Brooks said. "This is something he dreamed up. He didn't want to get caught, and that's clear."

Brooks argued that when the investigator warned Rivieri the man could die from the injury he wanted inflicted, Rivieri said he didn't care.

Defense attorney Richard M.Karceski of Baltimore countered the tapes show Rivieri never said hewanted the man to die.

"(Rivieri) never said, 'I want him murdered,' He never said, 'I want him killed,'" Karceski said.

Karceski also argued the investigator initiated the meetings with Rivieri, and his client never called the hit man.

"Is it important who made thecontact?" Karceski asked the jurors. "You bet it is. Because that will explain who is the solicitor."

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