Rivieri Receives 3-year Sentence

January 26, 1992

An Abingdon bar owner convicted of hiring an undercover policeman toassault his former girlfriend and maim her new boyfriend was sentenced to three years in prison Friday.

Giovanni Rivieri, 61, was convicted in Harford Circuit Court on charges of solicitation to commit mayhem and two counts of solicitation to commit assault and battery during a two-day trial in December.

Rivieri tried to hire a state police investigator posing as a hitman to castrate a truck driver from Levittown, Pa. Rivieri also wanted the hit man to assault his former girlfriend, an Abingdon woman who works as a waitress at a White Marsh truck stop.

"To me, this isa very serious matter," Circuit Judge Maurice W. Baldwin Jr. said while imposing his sentence. "(Rivieri) became absolutely blinded to reason."

Baldwin ordered Rivieri to serve a total of 20 years at a state penitentiary but suspended all but 3 years of the sentence. Rivieri also will get credit for six months he served in the county Detention Center while awaiting his trial.

Rivieri, owner of the Bush Valley Inn, was acquitted of a more serious charge, solicitation to commit murder, at his December trial.

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