Former Carrboro Fire Chief Pleads Guilty To Harassment Charges
Posted May 25, 2006 5:34 a.m. EDT
DURHAM, N.C. — Former Carrboro fire chief Rodney Murray pleaded guilty Wednesday to six charges stemming from harrassing and stalking his ex-girlfriend in Durham.
Murray's efforts to keep Gina Ambrosecchia in his life have gotten him arrested, charged and reprimanded.
"He is to have no contact with the witness in this case -- which I've told him not to do a dozen times," said Judge David Labarre.
Murray has been in jail for repeatedly violating an order to stay away from his ex-girlfriend. The two had been in a relationship 10 years. When Ambrosecchia broke it off, she said she feared for her life.
Butch Williams, Murray's lawyer, said the former fire chief was dealing with some major life changes. Murray suffered a heart attack in the fall and then lost his girlfriend.
"A man can only take so much at one time, but he's fighting through it, I believe," Williams said.
Murray, who resigned from his job in March, will spend the next five years on probation after he is released from jail on Thursday. He still faces a DWI charge.