An old boyfriend, sentenced Thursday to six months in jail for lunging at Jennifer Wilson’s accused killer, was released from the Richland County jail Monday.
Matt Cronin apologized for the outburst during a short hearing before Judge J.C. Nicholson Jr.
“It’s a very sensational case, and I’m sorry for adding to that,” Cronin said.
His lawyer, Alex Postic, asked the judge to reconsider a sentence of “time served” if Cronin promised not to come back to the trial, which continues in Richland County courthouse at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
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Tara Brennan pleaded with the judge to let her fiance return to Chicago, where he has a real estate business.
“He’s just really worked up about the whole situation,” she said, adding that she told Cronin he shouldn’t come down for the trial.
His aggressive move toward defendant Hank Hawes, in handcuffs and shackles at the end of a day’s testimony Thursday, was out of character, Brennen said.
“Do you think you’ve learned anything?” Nicholson asked Cronin. “We’ve got to have a civil operation, and that’s not civil.”