COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed all convictions related to a case in which a man was involved in four shootings, including one deadly shooting, that targeted an attorney, a judge and their families. The announcement came Thursday.
Bruce Joseph Nozolino was sentenced to life in prison for murder following an eight-week trial in February of 2014, including an additional 288 years for a number of attempted murder charges. Nozolino appealed his conviction in March of 2014.
In documents citing the reason affirmation, it is noted that during the summer of 1997 Nozolino was deployed to South Korea for one year. During that time he and his wife were having marital problems. When he returned from deployment, "their marriage continued to sour." That's when his wife had an extramarital affair with a coworker according to documents sent out by the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office.
In 1999, Nozolino's wife filed for divorce and with the help of an attorney.
Nozolino was convicted of four shootings that occurred between 2001 and 2008.
The First Shooting
In June 2001, the attorney for Nozolino's wife just returned from a camping trip when someone shot at the barbecue grill on the back of his house. The shooting happened soon after the court entered a money judgment in favor of Nozolino's wife in the divorce case. The attorney told police he believed Nozolino was the shooter, but no charges were filed at the time.
The Second Shooting
Nozolino had filed so many motions in the divorce case in the following months after the first shooting, the judge hearing the case issued an order requiring Nozolino to obtain court approval before filing any new motion. In October 2001, the court held a hearing to resolve Nozolino's objections to garnishment and the judge ruled the garnishment was valid. The next night, the judge was in his living room when someone shot two bullets through his window. No one was hurt, but a bullet almost hit the judge's wife. No charges were filed at the time.
After the second shooting, the judge recused himself from the divorce case. In January 2002, the new judge presiding over the divorce case held a hearing and ordered that Nozolino pay $32,000 of his wife's attorney fees. A few days later, his wife's attorney was working at his office when he was shot through his office window. The attorney survived, but he lost the use of one eye. A search warrant was obtained for Nozolino's residence, a number of guns were seized but none of those weapons matched the bullet fragments at the attorney's office. No charges were filed at that time.
No other shootings happened for the next six years.
On Nov. 30, 2008, the man Nozolino's wife was allegedly having an affair with was shoveling snow when someone shot and killed him from a distance. The shooting happened just five weeks after Nozolino lost his job.