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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Man Charged With Shooting Grandfather Arraigned

9-14-2006 Connecticut:
.A man charged with murdering his grandfather Tuesday in Plainfield had planned the attack for several days as he drove up from Louisiana armed with a shotgun and a .45-caliber handgun, according to state police.

Joseph Basley, 35, was arraigned today in Superior Court in Danielson on murder and kidnapping charges. He was ordered held on $2.5 million bond.

State police detectives reported that Basley told them "he had to do this because he was tired of being abused." He also said his grandfather, Leonard Basley Sr., 75, was a pedophile and that his father, Leonard Basely Jr., had physically abused him, according to police.

Joseph Basely was arrested Tuesday evening after an hour-long standoff at his grandfather's house. Police said he shot his grandfather and briefly took his father hostage, then released him unharmed. A relative said that the grandfather had been terminally ill.

Court records indicate that during the 1990s Leonard Basley Sr. was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, and that he was convicted on the risk-of-injury charge. Police said Joseph Basley told them that he is "mentally screwed up" and that he had been in mental institutions.

When he shot his grandfather, he was wearing a T-shirt that said "Have A Nice Day" and had a picture of a hand with its middle finger extended. ..more.. : by TRACY GORDON FOX, The Hartford Courant

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