VALPARAISO | A leader of a regional pest control company convicted of molesting two young girls is scheduled to be released from prison in June, nearly four years earlier than expected.
News of the early release upset Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford, who recently "vehemently" denied a request to allow Vincent Angotti, 48, to be released as soon as Feb. 8 into a community transition program.
Bradford said he realized when he sentenced Angotti in March 2008 to 18 years behind bars and 10 years of formal probation, the defendant could be out in half that time with good behavior. That put Angotti's initial release date at March 4, 2017.
"How he can qualify for any type of release in less than five years from his sentencing date on an 18-year sentence defies logic," Bradford wrote in his denial of the community transition program.
Also upset by the news is a mother of one of the young victims, who said her family had agreed to the original plea deal that resulted in Angotti's conviction.
"This is NOT what we bargained for ... we are very disappointed that he will be serving less than half of the 9 years," she wrote in a statement requested by The Times.
"Angotti is doing to the judicial system what he did to at least 2 families ... all the while laughing and knowing he's getting away with it," she said. "What a horrible message this is sending out to all the other silent victims."
Douglas Garrison, chief communications officer at the Indiana Department of Correction, said Angotti has received three years and nine months of credit off his sentence by completing various educational programs at the New Castle Correctional Facility.
Angotti received 730 days off his sentence by completing a bachelor's degree in general studies, 365 days by completing an associate's degree in general arts, 180 days by completing four substance abuse programs and 90 days for a vocational horticulture program.
"This offender has maintained a clear conduct record during his incarceration," Garrison said.
Angotti also benefited by the timing of his January 2008 guilty plea, Bradford said. Had Angotti been convicted after June 30, 2008, he would have received one day credit for every six days in prison as compared to his current rate of one day credit for each day served.
Angotti was the owner of Guardian Pest Control in Valparaiso and Highland at the time he was charged with molesting a 7-year-old girl on one occasion and repeatedly molesting the second girl for three years beginning when she was 12.
Angotti, who is now listed as a principal and incorporator of the business, said in a letter at the time of sentencing he was an alcoholic with mental problems.
State Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, said a bill will be presented in the upcoming legislative session calling for offenders to serve 75 percent of their prison terms.
While supportive of the need for reform and rational discussion about sentencing, Soliday said these type of debates traditionally have become bogged down in politics.