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Branford Murder Suspect Has Bond Lowered To Use Prison Library

His bond needed to be reduced below $1 million to use the prison library.

Thomas Malinka, photo from Branford Police
Thomas Malinka, photo from Branford Police

Thomas Malinka, 44, of Branford, who is accused of killing his neighbor, had his bond lowered in order to allow him to use the prison library, the New Haven Register reports. 

Malinka's bond had been $1.1 million but that prevented him from use of the prison library and it needed to be below $1 million. A Judge set his new bail at $950,000, but Malinka remains held on bond, the Register reports. 

Information provided by Branford police last month. 

Branford Police have arrested Thomas Malinka, 44, of 33D Crouch Road, for the alleged death and mysterious disappearance of his neighbor, John Deveau, 62, of 33C Crouch Road, who was reported missing just over a year ago on Memorial Day weekend, police said in a release. 

Detective Lt. Arthur Kohloff, whose detectives led the investigation, said they worked closely with Connecticut State Police and the New Haven Office of the State’s Attorney to bring the case to an arrest.

Malinka, who is currently incarcerated for other crimes was charged with murder and arraigned in Superior Court, New Haven Tuesday morning. He is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.

The New Haven Register reported in July 2013 that Malinka allegedly broke into Deveau’s house and stole his prescription drugs. Malinka has served eight years for a felony robbery conviction in New Britain where he dragged two women with his car in a purse snatching.

Branford Chief Kevin Halloran said, “This has been a very difficult case for the detectives, due to their continued perseverance they have been able to link Thomas Malinka to this crime.”

Connie July 04, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Oh, my you can kill and still educate yourself if you want to use the library. What does he want to do? Does he want to see porn on the net, how to be your own lawyer, what? Murder means nothing anymore. Laws don't mean anything in CT.
Joanne July 06, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Amen Connie. Guess he didn't learn anything while in prison for dragging two women with his car. So he needs to use the library to further his education. Maybe he can have a personal trainer and "movie night". And how about some gourmet meals. AHHH...nothing like the prison system. SMH

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