Father of victim speaks out as suspect appears in court for Southington fatal fire

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)–As 18-year old Eric Morelli faced a judge, Michael Milano sat at home with his family members, a nervous wreck, wondering what was going on inside Bristol Superior Court.

Morelli is accused of throwing a firework into an apartment window as a prank, and killing 19-year old Kristen Milano, Michael’s daughter.

While Morelli walked out of the courthouse on Monday a free man, Milano is confident that will change.

“He has no remorse,” Milano said. “He did nothing to call and help put out the fire. He ran with people in that house.”

“It’s hard to just see him walk out of court,” said Joseph Goding, who was friends with Milano and Morelli. “I wanted to see him handcuffed, thrown on the table and brought out of the courtroom.”

Morelli’s attorney Ray Hassett spoke briefly, saying that his client is sorry.

“He’s profoundly remorseful about what happened, and I’m frankly concerned about him,” Hassett said.

Asked what he thought should happen to Morelli, Michael Milano said he didn’t think police went far enough.

“I’m not a judge, but I think they slacked on a couple of charges. I really think there should have been an arson charge involved in this. You’re lighting a firework and throwing it into a window. What did you think was going to happen?”

Morelli will appear in court again on July 29.

His attorney said that since the late June incident, he’s been working and going to school to get his GED.

Friends of the Milano family have organized a fundraiser at Friendly’s in Southington. All day on Monday July 21, if you print out the certificate below and bring it with you to Friendly’s, 20% of your check will be donated to the Milano family.

Friendlys Milano


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