Different judge, same result for Shenkman

A New London judge has denied another bond motion by accused arsonist and kidnapper Richard J. Shenkman.

The 61-year-old South Windsor man is being held without bail on charges that he torched his wife's Niantic beach home in 2007 in the middle of a contentious divorce.

Shenkman had posted $550,000 bond after his arrest in 2007. In July 2009, Judge Susan B. Handy revoked his bail after he allegedly kidnapped his ex-wife at gunpoint and held her hostage in South Windsor. He sought Monday to have his bond reinstated by Judge Patrick J. Clifford. The judge denied the motion after listening to arguments from defense attorney Hugh F. Keefe and State's Attorney Michael L. Regan.

Shenkman had asked Handy to reinstate the bond three times with a similar result. He appealed the denial of bond to the state Appellate and Supreme courts, both of which upheld Handy's decisions.

Shenkman's New London court case has been added to the trial list, which means he has no court dates until further notice. Regan said he is awaiting the outcome of the South Windsor case, which is pending in Hartford Superior Court.


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