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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A Solon Cop gets Probabtion for Threatening to Kill his Kid, Girlfriend

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2007 at 4:42 PM

The last time we caught up with Andrew Kolcinko, the Solon cop was facing 27 criminal charges after he threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Stevens, and their child [“Caught on Tape,” February 21]. Stevens gave Garfield Heights police over 15 hours of recorded phone conversations in which Kolcinko promised to shoot her and then smother their son. "We will see when I choke that little motherfucker and put the pillow on his fucking face just until he almost stops breathing," Kolcinko could be heard saying. Kolcinko said his threats were baited by Stevens and vowed to fight the charges. But that was before he actually heard the tapes. On May 24, just 10 days after finally listening to the recordings, Kolcinko plead no contest to five of the charges. “You can’t explain those [threats] away,” says prosecutor James McGrath. “When the attorney listened to [those tapes], he problem told [Kolcinko] to fold up his tent.” Kolcinko, who has since lost his job with the Solon Police Department, offered a tearful apology before he was sentenced to two years of probation, anger management and domestic violence classes, and a $5,000 fine. If he contacts Stevens or any of her relatives, he could face up to 18 months in the slammer. Still, McGrath thinks this isn’t the last he or Stevens will hear from Kolcinko. “This fella just doesn’t get it,” McGrath says. “If I was a betting man, I’d bet that we see them again. Love dies hard. There’s a fatal attraction there for whatever reason.” – Denise Grollmus

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