Gun Stories Curtrufelli Vs Leone Weekly Edition 9/6-12/2020
Too many times we hear of home invasions and the damages that are caused to the occupants. The case of Samuel Curtrufelli Vs Jay Leone is a classic case of how doing the right thing can cost you a fortune after the fact. It is never enough that someone violates the one place that you feel safe. Nor is it enough that your life can be lost in the process. Somehow that is only the start of your victimization.
Then you go through the accusations of somehow this was your fault or that you did the wrong thing. In this case, there is also the question of mental capacity and the accusation of drug dealing. This case also shows how the only sure way to survive is by not being involved in the first place, although that choice was taken off the table.
In response to what you read; we would like you to comment on how you believe a person can avoid this from happening to them. Is it even possible to avoid being a future victim? Is there a way for a person to survive without defending themselves when death is imminent? Finally, what training course do you believe covers how to prepare for such an event?
Samuel Curtrufelli Vs Jay Leone
About 11:00 am a local contractor in Greenbrae CA. hears two longhorn blast coming from nearby. When he goes to investigate, he notices Samuel Curtrufelli (31) sitting in a black Lexus with blood on him. He asked Mr. Curtrufelli what had happened to him. Mr. Curtrufelli replied that he had been shot. At which point, the local contractor called 911. Mr. Curtrufelli then tried to drive away but was stopped by the local contractor.
Upon the arrival by the police, Mr. Curtrufelli stated he had shot himself. The police had discovered Mr. Curtrufelli had a pistol holster and a knife on him. With a .38 with blood on it lying in the seat. Mr. Curtrufelli Stated he had been shot in the arm, leg, and hip and he would like to call his girlfriend before dying.
The police then discovered Mr. Curtrufelli had gunshot wounds to his right hip, right side, right chest, and right back. Once at the hospital it was also discovered that he suffered from multiple rib fractures.
Prior to being discovered by the local contractor, Mr. Curtrufelli had kicked in the door of Jay Leone (90 yrs old) in the attempt to burglarize the home. He then discovered Mr. Leone was home and decided to cover his face to protect his identity and rob him in the process. He notified Mr. Leone that there is a contract on his life. He wanted to know where the money was for all the fancy cars that he had.
Mr. Leone took Mr. Curtrufelli to the garage to show him he did not have fancy cars. Mr. Leone managed to somehow get his face covering off. Which then meant, Mr. Curtrufelli was going to have to kill him to protect his identity. Unable to break free of the bonds Mr. Leone kept insisting he had to go to the bathroom(#2). After failed attempts to convince Mr. Curtrufelli to let him go, he dropped his pants. At which point, Mr. Curtrufelli let him go into the bathroom. Mr. Leone just so happens to have 4 firearms stashed in the bathroom at the time.
He returned with a .38 in an attempt to get Mr. Curtrufelli to leave his home. Mr. Curtrufelli was ransacking his closet at the time and did not initially see Mr. Leone was armed. When he turned and seen the firearm, he then shot Mr. Leone in the face and a gunfight followed. Once the gunfight had ended it was believed by both parties that Mr. Leone now had the upper hand. Mr. Curtrufelli made an attempt to plead for his life before charging Mr. Leone and taking possession of the .38.
What comes next?
Mr. Curtrufelli once again had the upper hand. He placed the .38 to the head of Mr. Leone and squeezed the trigger. However, instead of a bang, there was only a click, it was presumed the firearm was now empty. Mr. Curtrufelli then left the home. During the gunfight, a neighbor had tried to check on Mr. Leone and when she had yelled into the apartment, Mr. Leone had yelled No to her to keep your out of harm’s way. She then called 911 to try and get help. It was later discovered a shot had gone through her ceiling and table.
Mr. Leone also called 911 after Mr. Curtrufelli had left and met them outside upon their arrival. Initially, Mr. Leone was mistaken for the possible attacker in the situation. He quickly explained he was in fact the victim and spent a great deal of time recovering. While Mr. Leone appeared to be shot only once, Mr. Curtrufelli had multiple gunshot wounds. It was later discovered that his fractured ribs were from a previous incident.
Prior to the trial, Mr. Curtrufelli DNA was discovered inside the home of Mr. Leone. Including on the bedspread, the .38, in the closet, and the .45 that was left at the scene. There was also a blood trail that led to a bloody glove and a thumbprint on the magazine of the .45 all of which belong to Mr. Curtrufelli. Mr. Curtrufelli had two wounds to his knee, a gunshot wound to the shoulder, and a side entrance and back exit gunshot wound.
Mr. Leone’s gunshot wound was to the jaw area of the face. When the .38 was checked out by the police officers at the scene they discovered there was one unspent casing in the firearm. Leaving questions about rather Mr. Curtrufelli did in fact try to shoot him prior to leaving. The Lexus Mr. Curtrufelli was driving contained stolen property belonging to an acquaintance of his, which is also the same person the .45 was stolen from.
During the trial, Mr. Leone testified that he had started shooting right away as soon as he saw Mr. Curtrufelli. Which was proven false during cross-examination. There were also 22 minutes that were unaccounted for between Mr. Curtrufelli leaving and Mr. Leone interacting with the police, which he could not account for. Then of course there was a friend of Mr. Curtrufelli who testified that he had taken him to the home where Mr. Leone resides. At which point, Mr. Curtrufelli would go in and come out high are narcotics.
This may have been an attempt to show that Mr. Curtrufelli was getting drugs from Mr. Leone; however, the police searched the home and found no such evidence to support a claim. The defense attorney tried to paint this as a drug deal gone bad. Regarding the stolen weapon, Mr. Curtrufelli’s defense claimed that he stole the goods at the owner’s request so he could file insurance. He did file an insurance claim, but he denied it was fraudulent.
Due to struggles with memory during Mr. Leone’s recovery. Mr. Curtrufelli’s attorney tried to show that Mr. Leone was mentally incompetent and his account of what happened was wrong. They then filed a civil suit against Mr. Leone claiming that he negligently fired and injured Mr. Curtrufelli. As a result, he lost his home, his job, and his wife was divorcing him. In the end, Mr. Curtrufelli lost both cases and was sentenced to 86 years to life.
It was discovered that Mr. Curtrufelli did in fact buy his drugs from a neighbor of Mr. Leone. Mr. Leone’s memory issues were likely a result of the body’s fight or flight responses that someone goes through during a violent encounter. One thing that is clear, is Mr. Leone has shown he was not easy to kill by natural causes or bullet. This is a man who did nothing wrong, and he was behind a locked door at the time it was kicked in.
He did not ask for this to happen, nor did he live a life that would invite such danger. Instead, it was quick thinking and training that saved his life. In the end, though, he did not walk away unharmed. Aside from his physical injuries, he was left with severe emotional trauma and the financial devastation of having to defend his actions in civil court.
Yes, in the end, he walked away, but only because a bullet was inches away from a kill shot. If his memory of the event is accurate, he was also saved by a rare firearm malfunction as well. Even if his memory is wrong, his mind has made it real for him. By doing everything right, Mr. Leone suffered medical bills, legal bills, and physical injuries. We often forget when we hear the number of violent attacks each year, that those numbers are people. We also forget that for those people, the attack is the beginning of the trauma, not the end.
While all the facts stated in this article are true, they are not all the facts. With every trial, there is more evidence than can be written about in a single article. We ask our readers to focus on what we know here and comment accordingly. As always, political and hate posts will be deleted, this country may have free speech but RGD Reviews doesn’t support hate of any kind.
Firearm owners are divided enough in this country and violent attacks are happening daily. It may be easy to think of what you might do during an attack, which the only real answer to that is trying to survive. Surviving is only step one, and it will bankrupt and cripple many survivors. Our gun stories are not meant to provoke outrage but instead to find a way to incorporate what we learn into training. As many people have found out over the years. Owning a firearm does not mean you will survive a violent encounter or walk away unharmed.
Firearms are one tool that we have available to us today. The only fight we win is the one we have not taken part in. The aftermath of shooting never comes without legal fees or some sort of repercussions from family, employers, the media, or the general public. Unfortunately, even the attacker’s families are left with their own aftermath. This event happened in 2012.