Two young men on probation for drug possession have been charged with first degree murder in the baseball bat attack on the 19-year-old's family where the father was killed. Both young men have a history of drug problems.
In the early morning hours on Monday a home in a quiet neighborhood in Farmington Hills Michigan was broken into. The home owner, Robert Cipriano, was beaten to death with a baseball bat. Ciperiano's wife, Rosemary, and a son, Salvatore, were also beaten and remain in Botsford Hospital in critical condition. Salvatore's twin brother, who called 911, and an 8-year-old sister hid and escaped the attack.
MLive.com reports the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office said in a release, "The tragedy and brutality of these crimes is horrific."
Tucker Cipriano and a friend, Mitchell Young, are charged with first-degree premeditated murder and felony murder in the bludgeoning death of Tucker's father, assault with intent to murder his mother and younger brother, and armed robbery.
During the arraignment Wednesday Ciprianon remained calm. When asked how he wanted to plead he said, "Not guilty."
Young put his head on the table and sobbed and cried, "Oh God. I'm not guilty. I didn't do any of this."
Bond was denied by Judge Marla Parker as was requested by the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office.
Freep.com reports Assistant Prosecutor John Skrzynski said of Cipriano, "The facts of this case are just horrific."
Referring to Young's emotional condition Skrzynski told the court, "It's just a shame that this man couldn't display that type of humanity while systematically cracking open heads."
Tucker Cipriano was back in court Thursday on charges of violating conditions of his probation. He appeared before Oakland Circuit Judge Michael Warren on a bench warrant alleging seven violations of his probation from earlier this year. He had been released in February from Oakland County Jail. He had served part of a sentence and was placed on two years probation.
Detroitnews.com reports according to court records, Cipriano's alleged parole violations include that he failed to pay court costs; failed to seek or obtain a job; incurred new criminal behavior; failed to notify a probation agent of a change in his address; engaged in "assaultive, abusive, threatening or intimidating behavior;" used an object as a weapon; and "failed to submit a 500-word essay on Destructive Impact of Drugs and Alcohol on Self and Society" within 90 days, as ordered by Warren.