Ronnie Fedo's Mom: He's Not a Violent Person
Fedo and his mother speak at his sentencing hearing.
Ronnie Fedo says he knows that the decision he made on June 25, 2011 was among the worst a person could make. And says he he knows the consequences of his actions will be with him for a long time to come.
Fedo, of Lake Hopatcong, was sentenced on Friday for the death of Nisan Ambaroglu. Fedo dragged the station owner on the side of his car several yards down Route 15 and then ran Ambaroglu over with his left rear tire after Ambaroglu tried to stop Fedo, who had stolen lottery tickets and an energy drink from the Getty Mart.
Speaking on his own behalf at his sentencing hearing, Fedo said that he made what he called “a poor decision."
"If there was some way I could take it back, I would. This was not intentional, and I will live with what I did for the rest of my life," he said
Fedo’s mother, Susan Lally, also spoke on behalf of her son at the hearing. She described him as a nonviolent person, one who had what she called “a presence.”
Lally began by acknowledging the pain of the Ambaroglu family.
“But,” she continued, “I want to tell you a little bit about my son.”
Lally explained Fedo had a difficult past, but that he had completed a six-month drug rehabilitation program.
“We were all so proud of him. He made such great strides,” she said.
Lally also pointed to Fedo’s nonviolent nature.
“We have several hunters in our family, and when Ronnie came of age they wanted him to hunt, too, but he couldn’t do it,” she recalled.
She further detailed her son’s importance to young members of the Fedo family.
“Ronnie has a lot of younger cousins,” she said. “They were always excited to see Uncle Ronnie. We have many pictures around of Ronnie carrying a child on his shoulders.”