New Canaan dad gets three years for son’s overdose death
Updated 10:51 am, Wednesday, October 11, 2017
STAMFORD — The past year has been a long journey, one Pam Bacco hoped would end with a harsher penalty for her ex-husband.
Instead, Mark Lynch, 58, accepted a deal Oct. 6 that will send him to prison for three years following the overdose death of their son.
The former New Canaan man pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and sales of narcotics in connection with his 25-year-old son’s death in September 2016. Police said Lynch gave his son the heroin that caused the younger Lynch’s fatal overdose, knowing his son had struggled with addiction.
Lynch originally pleaded not guilty to sale and possession of narcotics and second-degree manslaughter following his arrest in November 2016. He faced a 10-year maximum potential sentence if he was convicted at trial of second-degree manslaughter.
“This has been a long road, and this isn’t the way I exactly thought it was going to end,” Bacco said, “but hopefully now I can find some peace.”
However, Judge Richard Comerford did not immediately accept the plea agreement because Stamford State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo said Bacco did not initially support the sentence.
“There is no amount of time that Mark Lynch can serve that will bring back her son,” Colangelo said. “This is a tragic situation that is occurring all too often in our society now.”
Colangelo said Bacco was comfortable with the punishment when he spoke to her following the court hearing.
Comerford said he will wait until Lynch is sentenced on Dec. 15 to accept the plea deal. Lynch will also be sentenced to seven years of special parole when he’s released and will be returned to prison if he breaks the law.
“Mark’s guilty plea to negligent homicide is more consistent with what took place than the original charge of manslaughter second-degree,” Lynch’s defense attorney, Matthew Maddox, said. “Mark mourns the loss of his son every day and will always have to live with his part in his son’s death. He hopes that the conclusion of this case will help the many people who loved Chris to heal as best they can.”
Chris’s loved ones said they feel the loss daily.
“No one can ever take away the pain of losing a child and one always wants to point blame in difficult times like these,” said Mark Lynch’s sister, Ann Lynch. “There is no single blame here, there is no one in charge here — a very sad and tragic case about another young life struggling with addiction who had his own story, sadly one he is not able to tell.”
While Bacco is hoping for closure, she said no amount of time served would bring back her son, who loved tie-dye prints, gardening and reading in his new, sober lifestyle.
“For me, 100 years isn’t long enough,” Bacco said.
Christopher Lynch was among the more than 900 people who died of overdoses last year in Connecticut.
John Nickerson contributed to this report.