Toppino felony charge pleads to misdermeanor


Ballarotto’s Key West Toppino felony case
with possible ten-year sentence pleads down
to four-month misdemeanorFlorida Keys News
Toppino is charged with a felony in eviction fight
Thursday, July 21, 2011

A fight over unpaid rent and an eviction notice led to the arrest of three people Tuesday night, including a contractor with a well-known Florida Keys construction family.

Paul Edward Toppino, 67, of Catherine Street, was charged with felony burglary with assault or battery; felony burglary while armed, allegedly with a loaded .38-caliber handgun; and misdemeanor battery. Two people with him also were charged with felonies.

Toppino agrees to misdemeanor plea deal in assault case
Posted – Saturday, December 01, 2012 09:01 AM EST

Paul Toppino, 69, has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors who allege on July 19, 2011, he and two others broke into a Key West man’s apartment and beat him over unpaid rent. The Monroe County State Attorney’s Office is recommending a sentence including 120 days in the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island.

The terms of the plea, detailed in a letter from Assistant State Attorney Mark Wilson to Toppino counsel Jerome Ballarotto, indicate Toppino will plea to one count ofmisdemeanor battery and one count of misdemeanor trespassing in an occupied structure.

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