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Questions surround Stewart Weldon's lengthy criminal past

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

We continue our team coverage of the investigation on Page Boulevard with more on Stewart Weldon’s criminal past.

Weldon has made frequent appearances in court for a slew of charges over two decades and was versed in courtroom proceedings.

However, some said that he should have received harsher punishment for his many convictions.

Court documents show he appeared in court numerous times, but could tougher punishment curb his later offenses?

Stewart Weldon has a troubling past, appearing in court numerous times throughout his adult life.

It started back in 1996 in New Jersey when he was charged of making terroristic threats and having unlawful possession of a weapon.  Weldon was just 18 at the time.

Fast forward to 2001, where he was facing charges for burglary.  

Weldon went on to make his debut in the Massachusetts court system.

His more egregious crimes include assault and battery on a police officer in 2008 and again in 2010, breaking and entering, and just last year, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

This is just a short sampling of the host of charges and convictions.

Throughout his path as a career criminal, Weldon has served various sentences, including anywhere from 10 days to 18 months in a house of corrections.

Weldon has been ordered complete anger management, as well as a literacy program.

Some wonder if Weldon made any plea bargains to keep him from harsher punishment?

"A lot of the same factors that go into setting bail are the same factors that go into a plea.  What is the person’s prior record?  Do they have a long record, a short record, or no record?  What is their history with substance abuse?" said Attorney Jared Olanoff.
 
Looking back, some wonder if the system of plea bargaining and keeping bails affordable does enough to keep suspects off the street.

In this case, we will never know the answer.

Western Mass News has reached out to the New Jersey court system several times.  We have not received a response to our inquiries as of the time of this broadcast.

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