Michelle Troconis remains in custody after verdict in Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance

Before her conviction, Troconis was free on a total of $2.1 million bond in connection to her three arrests in the Jennifer Dulos investigation.

Marissa Alter

Mar 4, 2024, 11:32 PM

Updated 49 days ago


Michelle Troconis remained at York Correctional Institution in Niantic, the state’s only women’s prison, on Monday evening—three days after she was found guilty in the disappearance and presumed death of Jennifer Dulos.
Before her conviction, Troconis was free on a total of $2.1 million bond in connection to her three arrests in the Jennifer Dulos investigation. But on Friday, Judge Kevin Randolph raised that amount to $6 million after a jury of six found her guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit evidence tampering, two counts of evidence tampering and one count of hindering prosecution.
That means Troconis' family has to come up with the difference: $3.9 million.
Local attorney Matthew Maddox, who's not connected to the case, said they could use a bail bonding agency for 7% of that, which is $273,000, plus fees and security. “It’s a private contractual matter with a bail bonding agency and what terms they might require of her,” Maddox stated.
He said Troconis can also post bond directly to the court, but that would be 10% and in cash, a total of $390,000.
Either way, Troconis can't just walk out of York Correctional Institution, according to Maddox. He said she'll have to be brought down to Stamford Superior Court and bond out there during court hours due to additional conditions the judge put on her release.
“She would have to be fitted with a GPS monitoring device in the courthouse before she's permitted to leave the courthouse,” Maddox explained.
But a Stamford court official told News 12 that because the judge only mandated GPS and not GPS/IPS, Troconis could bond out from Niantic and be fitted with a device from there.
The judge also made house arrest a condition, which could add a wrinkle, since Troconis doesn't live in Connecticut. It's unclear if the judge would mandate home confinement in the state.
“I can't imagine her being permitted to live outside Connecticut, so she'll have to establish a reliable address in Connecticut,” said Maddox. “All kinds of indications would have to be shown to the court that this is a legitimate address.”
Whether or not Troconis bonds out soon, she’ll be back at the Stamford courthouse March 21 for a contempt hearing. It’s regarding allegations Troconis displayed a sealed court document—related to Jennifer and Fotis Dulos’ divorce case—on her laptop during this trial. The hearing was initially supposed to be March 5 but was pushed after the verdict.
News 12 asked Maddox whether the contempt hearing is moot given that Troconis is already facing a lengthy sentence following Friday’s convictions. A contempt of court conviction only carries a maximum punishment of six months in jail, but Maddox stressed the hearing matters.
“Contempt goes to the authority of the court,” he stated. “It matters to the administration of justice. It matters to the integrity of our court system.”
Sentencing for Troconis in Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance is not until May 31. The maximum penalty she could receive is 50 years if the sentences run consecutively and 20 years if they run concurrently.
Maddox said Troconis could try to seek an appeal bond after the sentencing, but it would be much higher than her current bond.
Troconis’ attorney, Jon Schoenhorn, said Friday, “I truly just don’t see how the jury could’ve reached this verdict.”
Schoenhorn stated he intends to file post-trial motion for a new trial prior to sentencing, saying there were a number of errors in this trial—some due to the trial itself and some going back a couple years, including where the trial was held.
“There’s at least 20 different rulings, and I’m going back to rulings by other judges in this courthouse starting with it was brought in the wrong courthouse,” Schoenhorn told News 12 in an interview.
He described post-trial motions as normally “proforma” but, said he believes many of the issues have merit.
Only if those are denied and Troconis is sentenced would Schoenhorn file an appeal.
“The question is what do you argue on appeal. In my view, it’s not just whether there are any issues, it’s which ones not to argue because of how many errors I think there were in this process,” Schoenhorn stated.
Jennifer Dulos vanished May 24, 2019, during a contentious custody battle with her husband, Fotis Dulos, who quickly became the prime suspect. Troconis was his girlfriend at the time and lived with him in Farmington. The jury convicted her of plotting Jennifer Dulos’ murder with Fotis Dulos, then helping him cover up the crime, including providing a fake alibi for him.
Police believe Fotis Dulos attacked Jennifer Dulos in her garage in New Canaan and then disposed of her body, which has never been found. A judge declared Jennifer Dulos legally dead last year.
Fotis Dulos died by suicide in January 2020 while awaiting trial on charges including murder and kidnapping. His death meant prosecutors turned to his alleged accomplices for justice. Troconis was the first one to go to trial. Kent Mawhinney, Fotis Dulos’ friend and former attorney, is also charged with conspiracy to commit murder and has pleaded not guilty.

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