The former Holtsville man charged with trying to kidnap his attorney — Suffolk County Conservative Party chairman Frank Tinari — was so eager to explain himself that a detective testified Thursday she had to interrupt him to advise him of his right to remain silent.
Glenn Terry, 48, waived that right.
“I just want to be heard,” Terry said, according to Suffolk Det. Marybeth Connolly. “Nobody’s listening to me.”
Later, Connolly said he continued to talk “on and on, almost rambling” while she tried to write a statement for him to sign the day he was arrested in 2015.
“I really hope my story gets out so I can get my day in court,” Terry said, according to Connolly.
Terry is getting his day in court, but not in the way he planned. He is on trial before state Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho in Central Islip, charged with second-degree attempted kidnapping and several weapons offenses.
Connolly said Terry told her that he wanted to scare Tinari by kidnapping him, hiding him in a “cubby hole” in his father’s basement and soaking him in gasoline. Tinari won Terry a $450,000 settlement in a civil suit in 2008, but Connolly said Terry felt he deserved much more and felt Tinari sold him out.
During questioning by Assistant District Attorney Peter Timmons, Connolly said Terry did not hesitate to explain why he had a Taser and a loaded handgun in his car when police stopped him for a traffic offense on March 27, 2015. He said the main reason he had moved to Florida the year before was so he could legally buy those weapons, Connolly testified. He told her he also had pepper spray, handcuffs and what he called a “Rambo knife,” Connolly said.
Terry explained it all started when he had a seizure, fell into a tub of scalding water, suffered severe burns and sued. Terry said he was unhappy with the settlement Tinari had negotiated and regretted accepting it, and began writing letters to Tinari, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and others, according to Connolly.
“I think he felt everybody was in cahoots together,” Connolly said. “He felt he had been very wronged.”
Connolly said she asked Terry what he was going to do to Tinari with the Taser.
“I went looking for him just this morning,” Terry said, according to Connolly. “I was going to tackle him and put duct tape on his mouth and take him to my father’s basement. . . . I didn’t want to hurt him. I wanted to scare him.”
Connolly said she asked him to explain the gas can found in his car.
“I thought about maybe dumping it on Frank and telling him, you know, ‘How would you like to be burned on 33 percent of your body?’ ” he responded, according to Connolly.
After Connolly asked about any medication he was taking, she said he replied, “Listen, detective, I am not nuts. I have obsessed over this case for years because of the pain I’ve endured.”
Connolly said she later searched Terry’s papers and found what appeared to be a draft confession for Tinari to sign. It read in part, “I gave his burn case to the defense. I am not pressing charges for this. I deserve what is coming to me.”
After she told Tinari about Terry’s arrest, she said police installed a panic alarm in Tinari’s home.