New evidence submitted in Candlewood Lake boating death

May 22, 2019

DANBURY — New evidence has been submitted in the case of an Oakville man charged for his role in a woman’s death on Candlewood Lake last summer.

Gary Morrone, 66, is facing criminally negligent homicide and first-degree reckless boating charges following the death of Wanda Tirado on June 19, 2018.

The 38-year-old Waterbury teacher was thrown from a pontoon boat piloted by Morrone near Squantz Cove and injured by the boat’s propeller.

Morrone’s pretrial hearing at Danbury Superior Court Wednesday was continued to July 10.

“We’re waiting on an FBI report,” State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky said. “We sent some evidence down to the lab and we’re waiting on the results.”

Sedensky did not disclose what kind of evidence was submitted.

Morrone pleaded not guilty earlier this year to the criminally negligent homicide and reckless boating charges, as well as to a charge for failure to report a boating accident.

Criminally negligent homicide and first-degree reckless boating are class A and B misdemeanors, respectively.

Investigators found “glaring inconsistencies” in Morrone’s description of the events that led to Tirado’s death.

Morrone is being represented by the law office of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, LLP.

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