A judge has increased the prison sentence for a former city councilman's son convicted of slashing the throat of an escort in a hotel in 2008 and leaving her for dead.
Common Pleas Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes increased the sentence for 21-year-old Joseph Vignola Jr. from the original maximum of four years to nine to 26 years. Prosecutors sought more time, saying the defendant had claimed to have been hazed at a military academy, but there was no evidence of that.
The Inquirer says the judge told Vignola Jr. that he had lied to her and “played the court.”
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Vignola Jr. pleaded guilty in September to aggravated assault in the May 2008 attack. He is the son of former city councilman and controller Joseph Vignola.
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