Accused Shooter To Enter Plea On Attempted Murder Charges

Joseph Cutrufelli is scheduled to appear in Marin County Superior Court on Tuesday to face charges he shot Greenbrae's Jay Leone.


The man suspected of shooting 90-year-old Greenbrae resident Jay Leone is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday to face charges of attempted murder, burglary and robbery.

Samuel Joseph Cutrufelli, 30, is expected to enter a plea in Marin County Superior Court on Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Cutrufelli allegedly broke into Leone's home on Via La Cumbre on Jan. 4 and held him at gunpoint as he began to search the house for valuables. Leone convinced the intruder to let him go to the bathroom, where he grabbed a revolver, then returned to challenge the suspect.

The intruder shot Leone in the face. The bullet entered through Leone's cheek and traveled around and out the back of his head without entering the skull. Leone, a World War II veteran and former Marin County Sheriff's Deputy, said he responded with five shots, three of which hit the suspect. The suspect, believed to be Cutrufelli, then fled in a vehicle.

A short time later, Cutrufelli called San Rafael police saying that he had shot himself, and was in the area of Tiburon Boulevard and Altena Street in San Rafael, about a mile from where the shooting occurred, police Sgt. Michael Norton said. He said he needed medical attention.

Derek Wilson January 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM
This case has twice been moved and is now scheduled for Feb. 3.


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