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Assault Charges Dropped Against Passaro

Posted May 14, 2007

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— Charges against David Passaro, the former CIA contractor convicted of beating an Afghan detainee who later died, in connection with an alleged assault on his girlfriend have been dismissed, authorities said.

Bonnie Heart said Passaro threw her into a hallway, pushed her into a door and into a glass storm door, causing her to fall down stairs, following a dispute about some phone calls in June 2005. She also said Passaro threw her cell phone and then pulled an earring from her ear as she was leaving in her vehicle.

Passaro was charged with assault on a female, injury to personal property and misdemeanor larceny after the incident.

There was no word on why prosecutors dropped the charges.

Passaro, a former Special Forces soldier who worked as a civilian special operations employee at Fort Bragg, was sentenced to 100 months in prison after being convicted last August of assault in the 2003 death of Abdul Wali. 

Wali died in custody after being beaten with a flashlight  and kicked during a two-day interrogation at a U.S. base in Afghanistan in June 2003.

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  • 3potato4 May 15, 2007

    As a former neighbor of his I can only hope that when he is released that he NOT move back to our neighborhood. He is in fact quick to anger and seems to feel that he is above the law. The beating this misguided woman took was quite real and he should be punished for it. He is a master manipulator.

  • Sick of Thugs May 15, 2007

    bill0. I agree with you. Unfortunatly the almighty dollar rules all.

  • bill0 May 14, 2007

    I can't imagine that any of the excuses being offered here would be much comfort if it was your daughter he assaulted. If he did it, follow through with the trial. If a judge gives him time served, at least if will be on his record so if he ever roughs up another woman maybe he'll get a tougher sentence.

  • littleredwolfie May 14, 2007

    Passaro is currently housed in the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota.

    I agree with Old School...it would hardly be worth the effort or the expense to get try Passaro on this charge. If for some reason down the road the State of North Carolina wishes to pursue this, they can file a detainer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Then, Passaro would have to be released to the detainer and not to the street.

  • oldschool May 14, 2007

    He's serving 100 months in Federal prison, probably in Levenworth, Kansas. With one prior conviction (assault) he would be a level II for sentencing and (if I recall correctly)eligible for a MAXIMUM of a 60 day sentence on the assault on a female charge. Getting him back from Federal custody on a state charge would be expensive and next to impossible and he would be standing trial in a case where (more than likely) the victim would recant.

    The assault on the girlfriend occurred while he was out on bond for the Federal charges and resulted in his bond being revoked. His attorney would undoubtedly argue for time served.

    In other words - it isn't worth the effort.

  • jim2dart May 14, 2007

    The charges should have been dropped in the first case...maybe this is a make-up call???

  • ERRN May 14, 2007

    I'm confused, did he serve the 100 months? When was the assault on the woman? Who can clear this up for me?

  • vette212 May 14, 2007

    There was no word on why prosecutors dropped the charges?

  • vette212 May 14, 2007

    She said Passaro threw her into a hallway, pushed her into a door and into the front glass storm door, causing her to fall down stairs. She also said Passaro threw her cell phone and then pulled an earring from her ear as she was leaving in her vehicle.Posted: Jun 3, 2005

    That is the same picture they had back in June 3, 2005

    I wonder what happened, to get these charges dropped?