Zachary Colbroth : “Two Men Charged in Connection with Death of Zachary Colbroth in Portsmouth Parking Garage Fall”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : PORTSMOUTH — Two individuals have been charged in connection with the tragic death of Zachary Colbroth, who fell from Portsmouth’s High-Hanover parking garage in August. Andrew Lucas, a 24-year-old resident of Rochester, and Vincenzo “Vincent” Panetta, a 24-year-old resident of Barrington, have been indicted on multiple felony and misdemeanor counts, including negligent homicide and second-degree assault.

Both Lucas and Panetta were released on personal recognizance bail after waiving their scheduled arraignments. However, they are now subject to court orders that prohibit them from contacting each other or the victim’s family. The bail orders, signed by Judge Lisa M. English, also specify that the two suspects cannot possess firearms, dangerous weapons, or ammunition, and they are not allowed to consume alcohol.

Additionally, Lucas and Panetta are forbidden from discussing the case with certain individuals mentioned in the court documents or with employees of the Portsmouth Gas Light Co., where the incident allegedly began. Witnesses and video footage reportedly show a confrontation between the two suspects and Colbroth at the Gas Light’s third-floor nightclub, followed by an assault near the entrance of the parking garage.

According to authorities, Colbroth attempted to escape and climbed onto a parking garage rail before falling three stories to the sidewalk below. He was rushed to Portsmouth Regional Hospital but succumbed to his injuries. Colbroth, a 28-year-old resident of Rochester, was described as a kind-hearted individual who loved to make people smile and laugh.

Lucas is facing nine misdemeanor charges in addition to the four felonies, including reckless conduct, simple assault, and criminal threatening. The negligent homicide indictment against Lucas alleges that he directed offensive language at Colbroth, struck him multiple times, and continued to assault him while he was on the ground.

Panetta, on the other hand, faces 15 charges, including the four felonies as well as reckless conduct, criminal threatening, and simple assault. His negligent homicide indictment accuses him of the same actions as Lucas, along with attempting to kick Colbroth while he was on the ground and knocking him back down after he stood up.

Prosecution for both cases will be handled by Deputy County Attorney Kristin Vartanian. Attorney Mark Sisti, who represents Panetta, expressed his client’s innocence and vowed to take the case to trial unless the charges are dropped. No future court proceedings have been scheduled for Panetta’s case at this time.

As of now, it is unclear whether Lucas has legal representation. The next steps in Panetta’s defense will involve gathering as much information as possible about the incident to prepare for trial.

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