But at the time, Judge Howard Whitehead did not order him to pay restitution, saying it would be futile, since Galzerano “has essentially been destroyed.”
Instead, under the belief that Galzerano was penniless and without any family, the judge ordered him to perform 20 hours a week of community service at the New Bedford veterans shelter, where Galzerano told the judge he intended to live after his release.
Yesterday, however, a Lawrence Superior Court judge decided that Galzerano won’t have to perform that community service, after Galzerano’s lawyer and a probation officer told her that Galzerano was now living in Haverhill and working up to 70 hours a week for IMEC.
Attorney William Boland said Galzerano is paid for 20 hours of work at the nonprofit, and the rest of his time is as a “volunteer.” The amount he is paid was not disclosed in court.
“It’s almost synonymous with doing community service,” Boland argued. He also submitted a letter from IMEC’s chief executive officer, Tom Keefe, who said Galzerano’s background in health care is of particular value to the organization.
Judge Mary Ames questioned the lawyer and a probation officer about Whitehead’s original intent; neither had been present for last May’s sentencing hearing.
They told her they believed the judge intended the community service to make up for a waived probation fee. Typically, people on probation pay $65 a month, a “supervision fee” assessed by the state. If they cannot come up with the money, they can perform eight hours of community service each month instead.
That’s significantly fewer hours than the 20 hours a week ordered by Whitehead last year.
Ames concluded that Galzerano’s work at a nonprofit “is in the spirit of” what Whitehead intended and agreed to waive the community service requirement.