Apologetic West Haven woman sentenced for unlawful restraint, assault

Connecticut man sentenced to 5 years in prison for role in cocaine, crack ring
Connecticut man sentenced to 5 years in prison for role in cocaine, crack ring

MILFORD — An apologetic West Haven woman was sentenced for unlawful restraint and third-degree assault for an early-morning incident last year.

West Haven police alleged a female was dragged from a house on Aug. 8, 2017, put into the trunk of a car and driven to Milford. The victim eventually escaped and called police, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. The victim was treated at Yale New Haven Hospital, police said at the time.

“I’d just like to say I’m sorry,” Jenny Marie Santamauro, 29, told Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti on Tuesday.

“Thank you, judge, for giving me another chance,” she said.

Santamauro has been held in lieu of $100,500 bail at York Correctional Institution. She initially was charged with second-degree kidnapping.

She was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended after 18 months, with three years of probation, which had been agreed upon by Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Cornelius P. Kelly and Public Defender Susan Brown. A sentence for possession of a controlled substance will run concurrently, the judge said.

A co-defendant, Jason Kaufman, also of West Haven, is being held for a court appearance June 18.

Brown said Santamauro has taken advantage of every program available to her at the Department of Correction. She works in the laundry, is in group and individual therapy, and has gotten the support of her family, Brown said. The conviction makes her eligible for another support class, Brown said. She’s an LPN, so she has skills, Brown told the judge.

Brown said Santamauro was on Methadone at the time of her arrest.

“She’s very sorry,” Brown said.