NORWALK -- A 59-year-old New Canaan man was sentenced to 15 months in prison Tuesday afternoon on charges of harassing his ex-wife and violating a judge's protective order.
Judge Bruce Hudock issued the sentence against Michael Nowacki following a lengthy and bizarre trial in which the defendant cross-examined himself on the witness stand and confronted the judge, referring to him as the "Wizard of Corrupticut" and called him "evil."
"I think the sentence was a direct result of the acrimonious relationship that the judge had with Mr. Nowacki, period," said attorney Darnell Crosland.
The sentence was six months longer than that requested by the prosecutor, Suzanne Vieux.
In all, Nowacki was sentenced to 15 months in jail for violating a protective order -- a felony -- and one day in jail for the harassment charge, followed by five years probation.
Nowacki was charged after sending an email to his ex-wife in defiance of a judge's order that he have no contact with her.
According to a transcript of the sentencing hearing Hudock said to Nowacki, "I have looked. I have searched for anything which says that I have changed in some fashion. That I will seek another way to work this out with my ex-spouse... In my mind it is your opinion that you share no responsibility for what has happened here."
Crosland said that the sentence was unfair because Nowacki never intended to email his former wife.
Nowacki testified that he meant to send the email to a New Canaan journalist with the same initials but hit the wrong name on the pull-down address bar on his computer.
Despite the inadvertent nature of the email, a jury found him guilty of violating the no-contact order, which set up Tuesday afternoon's sentencing.
"I think the sentence was very harsh," Crosland said.
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