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PD: Bozrah first selectman allegedly plotted out murder-suicide

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Glenn Pianka. (Norwich Bulletin photo) Glenn Pianka. (Norwich Bulletin photo)
BOZRAH, CT (WFSB) -

Bozrah’s First Selectman Glenn Pianka was arrested last week for allegedly threatening a murder-suicide plot against his soon-to-be ex-wife.

According to the arrest warrant, Pianka sent hand-written notes and emails to his wife and her family where he threatened to shoot her and himself.

In that letter, the arrest warrant says Pianka allegedly said he brought a loaded pistol to the couple’s shared home where he waited for the victim to come home and said he planned to shoot her and then himself.

He didn’t follow through because his daughter came home.

In the warrant, it quotes his letters saying “Over our dead bodies, just keep (expletive) with me. Maybe a little jail time would do me some good. I really don’t give a (expletive) anymore. I promise to make lives as miserable as mine is becoming…locks, court orders, etc. will be useless.”

Some said they don’t think Pianka should remain in office.

"I don't know if you can make threats like that and still be working,” said Crystal Hanson of Bozrah.

Connecticut State Police charged Pianka after his wife and her father turned over threatening letters written over their impending divorce.

Pianka is a retired sergeant with the state police and he does have three pistols registered to him, but they were seized following his arrest.

As of Tuesday afternoon, he was still working as first selectman while out on bail, and there is no statute preventing that.

"He probably needs to step away for a little while, settle his legal affairs and then return to his job,” said Maura Casey, of Franklin.

"If the law says he doesn't have to resign, it’s up to him. I'm sure they'll be people trying to get him removed. I think the wise move would be for him to step down if the allegations are true,” said John Furrey, of Norwich.

Eyewitness News reached out to Pianka however he did not return calls.

The second selectman said there are no plans to hold a special meeting regarding Pianka’s status.

The next Board of Selectman meeting is scheduled for April 19 where public comment is allowed.

Pianka is due back in court on April 20.

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