Eight men sentenced in '07 assaults o...

Eight men sentenced in '07 assaults on Tyngsboro family

There are 220 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jan 8, 2009, titled Eight men sentenced in '07 assaults on Tyngsboro family. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

When eight young Tyngsboro men, including four local high-school students, attacked Lianne Halloran and her family in their Katy Lane home two years ago, they did more than break the law.

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lowell

Wilmington, MA

#25 Jan 8, 2009
xxx wrote:
Unfortunately, you're getting just the Halloran's side. These boys were invited to come to the house for a fight. They didn't expect to see the parents there. When Mr. Halloran opened the door a fight ensued. As a result two of the boys fell over the threshold of the house and onto the floor. Therefore, the police charged ALL of them with burglary (home invasion). Adam Vurgaropulos was dropped from that charge because he never stepped foot on the porch. As far as the statement in the paper about the victims managing to escape as the attackers fled, there's an actual audio police tape recording of Mrs. Halloran stating to the police "I'm trying to keep them here til you come".
Yes, these boys were railroaded. This event was blown out of proportion for one reason only. It just so happens that the police sargent in charge at the time of the incident had an application in to be the next chief of police. He obviously wanted to make a name for himself. Fortunately, he was not given the position. I'm not saying they didn't do anything wrong. They should have been charged with misdemeanor assault & battery charges. All I'm stating is that there were many lies told to escalate the situation. In fact one of the victim's, Mr. Soracco, testimony was so riddled with lies that the judge threatened to hold in in comtempt.
if what you said is true, these kids are still dump. they should know it is against the law about attacking someone in his home. they should be smart enough not to go there.
Jail Justice

Suncook, NH

#26 Jan 8, 2009
Ive done time in Billerica House of Corrections and have many friends doing time in Billerica. My friends have been informed of this story and ive given them these punks names. Enjoy your short stint in the clink fellas, its gonna be the longest 7-20 days of your lives you punk cowards
Abra

Framingham, MA

#27 Jan 8, 2009
xxx you are a joke you're really making me sick all day thinking about you. Probably some rich lady hanging out at home all day telling everyone in town your son is innocent and the Halloran's are responsible for this. Joke, you're a joke, a joke.

Read it again, a Joke.
PUNKZZZ

Avon, CT

#28 Jan 8, 2009
XXX, you probably lived at the trailer park on the banks of the Merrimack with these hillbillies, until it got washed away in the floods of '05 and forced some of the trash out of the town. Get a clue you stiff!!!
A Spade

Lowell, MA

#32 Jan 8, 2009
Right to bear arms wrote:
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Your absolutely right, too bad the homeowner didn't have a firearm.
Funny how if your Cambodian you get 10+ years, but if your a white middle class American punk you get a slap on the wrist. Rich vs Poor....
Scumbag sociopaths!
Sentances were WAY too light.
What about the parents of these thugs?
Where were they!
Anonymous

Hudson, NH

#33 Jan 8, 2009
Punk ass white boys doing a home invasion and assaulting a family because the son was talking to a girl at a party? HAHAHAHA

20 days is enough for these guys to get tested by real thugs in jail. They'll be crying for mommy after the first day of their sentence.

heartless people

Billerica, MA

#34 Jan 8, 2009
some of these comments are heartless, even if the guys were invited for a fight, the parents did nothing to have this done to them, and the cancer comment is uncalled for, the person who said it should be total ashammed and hope she never has to deal witht he illness her self, its not a fun thing to fight cancer!!!!!!!!!
lowell

Wilmington, MA

#35 Jan 8, 2009
Sounds like both sides are trouble makers. the attackers are not smart. They should know it is against the law to enter somebody's house and attack them. Bad parents on bother sides, these kids got their behavior from you. Good parents don't encourage kids to do what they did. To the victims parents, is it true that one of you invited them in and let them have a fight in your house so you can call a cop? that is bad intention.
Abra

Framingham, MA

#37 Jan 8, 2009
xxx if the kids are innocent why did they make a plea? because they had no chance in court and would have done serious time! they attacked a lady in her own house at 230 in the morning, kids are losers.
Sacrafyc

United States

#38 Jan 8, 2009
A Spade wrote:
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**** sociopaths!
Sentances were WAY too light.
What about the parents of these thugs?
Where were they!
i don't know about the rest of these kids but I know Nick Duncans father an he is a great great man, He is a really kind hearted nice guy. these peope were between the ages of 17-22 at the time, it is time for them to take responsibilty for themselves ans stop blaming the parents,
LoWeLL 4 LifE

Braintree, MA

#41 Jan 8, 2009
Jail Justice wrote:
Ive done time in Billerica House of Corrections and have many friends doing time in Billerica. My friends have been informed of this story and ive given them these punks names. Enjoy your short stint in the clink fellas, its gonna be the longest 7-20 days of your lives you punk cowards
haha lol!! gimme a break. This isn't "The Wire"
Sacrafyc

United States

#42 Jan 8, 2009
LoWeLL 4 LifE wrote:
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haha lol!! gimme a break. This isn't "The Wire"
too funny or OZ

Since: Dec 07

United States

#43 Jan 8, 2009
Allowed to be out for 3 hours for church, eh?
If they had their behinds in church to begin with, maybe they wouldn't be in all this trouble.
Lowell

Kansas City, MO

#44 Jan 8, 2009
Young people often make mistakes and sounds like a heat of the moment act. I hope these young men will learn from it and become productive citizens. I also hope the victims can put the ordeal passed them. Living in such a small town must make it extra hard when something like this happens.
Karen

Athol, MA

#45 Jan 8, 2009
It is obvious that the parents of these animals could care less, with the comment about Mrs. Hallorans cancer returning. Maybe someday they will feel like the Hallorans do.
idiots

Peabody, MA

#46 Jan 8, 2009
these kids are idiots. their parents may be "nice" but they are idiots too. kids need more beatings today. my parents "beat" sense into me before puberty. I had enough sense when I was in high school not to do something like that. and btw...they guys who didn't have enough sense back then....are nowhere now. yesterdays wanna-bees are tomorrows losers. Always has been, always will be.
LOL

Walpole, MA

#47 Jan 8, 2009
Hang them
LoWeLL 4 LifE

Braintree, MA

#48 Jan 8, 2009
VeronicaFL wrote:
Allowed to be out for 3 hours for church, eh?
If they had their behinds in church to begin with, maybe they wouldn't be in all this trouble.
Church?!!! yeah that's great place to learn right from wrong.Who better to discipline young punks than a bunch of queer priests running around diddlin' little boys.
vigil_a

Orlando, FL

#49 Jan 8, 2009
I hope the punks/cowards that were sentenced understand that their names and addresses are out there for anyone. You've now made your families and yourselves targets. Hope no one decides to do you jerks like that.
Brica boy

Billerica, MA

#50 Jan 8, 2009
The courts handed down the punishment. Most likely first offenders. I do not know either side. We will see in the future if they can redeem thenselves. Feel sorry for the victims, pray for all of them.

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