‘Smoothie Guy’ James Iannazzo given probation after tirade

‘Smoothie Guy’ James Iannazzo given probation after tirade

The Connecticut monetary adviser who was arrested and fired for occurring an alleged racist tirade in a smoothie store has been sentenced to probation underneath an accelerated rehab program for his unhinged act.

Superior Courtroom Decide Peter McShane dominated Thursday that James Iannazzo, 48, will likely be positioned underneath supervision for one yr, the Connecticut Submit reported.

“He’ll endlessly be often known as the Fairfield Smoothie Man,” McShane stated in regards to the former Merrill Lynch employee, in keeping with the outlet.

“Hundreds and 1000’s have watched the video — he went viral in a horrible means and that’s one thing he won’t ever repair,” he added.

Iannazzo had pleaded not responsible to costs of intimidation primarily based on bigotry or bias, breach of peace and felony trespass following the wild scene in January at Robeks in Fairfield.

Below this system, he will likely be positioned on one yr of probation. If he completes he probation with out committing a brand new crime, the costs will likely be dismissed, the outlet reported.

Iannazzo additionally was ordered to make a $500 charitable donation.

James Iannazzo “will endlessly be often known as the Fairfield Smoothie Man,” Superior Courtroom Decide Peter McShane stated.TikTok

The incident shortly went viral on TikTok.TikTok

His lawyer, Eugene Riccio, instructed the choose his consumer – who had beforehand been ordered to keep away from the staff — has already accomplished an anger administration program.  

However Timothy Aspinwall, the lawyer for one of many teenagers, vehemently objected to Iannazzo’s sentence and introduced the choose with a petition signed by 200 folks.

“He traumatized 4 highschool college students and assaulted considered one of them. Granting AR will ship a chilly message to the black and Hispanic members of the neighborhood,” Aspinwall stated, in keeping with the Connecticut Submit.

He instructed McShane he believed Iannazzo ought to have been hit with extra extreme costs.

Iannazzo additionally was ordered to make a $500 charitable donation.

Supervisory Assistant State’s Lawyer Ann Lawlor stated she had reviewed the police report and located no possible trigger that Iannazzo had prompted any bodily damage.

“This was a severe case however the emphasis within the stories is the language that was used which was not acceptable,” Lawlor stated.

The chaos started when he returned house with a smoothie from the enterprise that purportedly contained peanuts — inflicting the allergic response that despatched his son to the hospital, authorities stated on the time.

The irate dad returned to Robeks and screamed at staff, demanding to know who made the smoothie containing the allergen.

After an expletive-ridden outburst, Iannazzo allegedly tossed a beverage at an worker and commented on the immigration standing of one other employee.

“My actions at Robek’s had been incorrect, and I deeply remorse them. They don’t mirror my values or my character. I really feel horrible that I misplaced my composure so utterly,” he later stated within the assertion. “I had returned to Robek’s to find out what components had been within the smoothie that I had beforehand ordered.”

He added that his son required two EpiPen pictures and misplaced consciousness on their lavatory flooring earlier than he made it to the hospital.  

One of many workers, Charli Hill, 17, instructed instructed WFSB that she began to report the unhinged man due to the threats he was making in opposition to her and her 18-year-old co-worker Gianna Miranda.

“He began to name her racial slurs, and he threatened to kill us a number of instances,” Hill instructed the native station.

He was additionally lower unfastened by Merrill Lynch, which stated, “Our firm doesn’t tolerate habits of this type.”

On Thursday, instructed the choose his consumer deeply regrets his conduct.

Iannazzo’s mug shot.Fairfield Police Division

His feelings then took over,” Riccio stated as his consumer stood beside him crying.

The choose stated that “hate has no place in Connecticut or anyplace else,” however identified that the state legislature doesn’t exclude hate crimes from eligibility for accelerated rehab.

“The scenario of getting your baby unable to breathe is sympathetic however his (Iannazzo’s) response to it’s not,” the choose stated, however added that “the defendant isn’t more likely to offend once more.”

After the listening to, Riccio expressed his appreciation for the choose’s determination.

“This unlucky incident posed a big well being risk to a member of my consumer’s household. Whereas my consumer regrets his actions, the complete circumstances of this incident together with his repeated requests that the beverage not comprise any peanuts as a result of his member of the family’s extreme allergy, and his incapacity to acquire any data from the shop concerning the contents of the drink, locations the matter in a extra correct perspective than has beforehand been portrayed,” he stated.

In the meantime, Iannazzo has landed one other job with a agency in Westport, CT Insider reported.

He registered with Aegis Capital Corp. on March 15, in keeping with the outlet.

Mitchell Fitter, the Aegis Capital Westport department supervisor, has declined to remark to CT Insider about Iannazzo’s hiring.

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