Lawyer for former CCSU student who allegedly showed interest in mass murder is arrested for tampering with a witness

Published on Thursday, 10 October 2019 12:37
Written by Charles Paullin


NEW BRITAIN – The lawyer representing Brandon Wagshol, the former Central Connecticut State University student arrested after allegedly showing an interest in mass murder on social media, was arrested himself last week.

Darnell Crosland, 50, of Stamford, was arrested Oct. 1 by state police on a warrant and charged with bribery of a witness, tampering with a witness and conspiracy to commit tampering with a witness.

It was unclear whether the charges against Crosland are related to his representation of Wagshol. Mark Dupuis, spokesperson for the state’s Division of Criminal Justice, said Wednesday he couldn’t comment on any details of the case because the warrant for Crosland’s arrest was ordered sealed for 14 days from the arrest date.

He is the second attorney to receive these charges, after James Hardy II, 36, of South Windsor, was arrested on Sept. 26 and charged with witness tampering and conspiracy to commit witness tampering. Hardy has represented clients in New Britain Superior Court.

Dupuis couldn’t say if the arrests stemmed from the same investigation, again citing the sealing of the warrants for both lawyers’ arrests.

All three of Crosland’s offenses are Class C felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison, but no less than one year, and a fine of up to $10,000 on each count. Crosland was released on $35,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on Oct. 10.

The investigation is continuing, a release on the arrest of Crosland said. The case is being prosecuted by the Statewide Prosecution Bureau of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, which is the office that issued the warrant for both Crosland and Hardy’s arrest.

Both attorneys are still licensed to practice law in the state of Connecticut, according to the Connecticut Bar Association.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 10 October 2019 12:37. Updated: Thursday, 10 October 2019 12:40.