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January 31, 2014

One arrested in double shooting

Probe continues into melee in Haverhill neighborhood


Fitzgerald said that after Jacobs was shot, his brother, Vitalone, came out of the apartment to help Jacobs, who was struggling to take the gun away from his alleged assailant.

Fitzgerald said that when he visited Jacobs in the hospital this week, Jacobs wrote a note on paper saying his brother Cameron was his “hero” and that he saved his life by coming to his aid. Fitzgerald said he doesn’t know who shot Jacobs’ assailant in the arm, but that it wasn’t Vitalone.

During the proceedings, Gleason asked that Vitalone be released on $5,000 cash bail saying it was all his family could afford and that Vitalone has a 1-year-old child he primarily takes care of during the day.

According to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, on Nov. 28, 2012, Vitalone was sentenced to six months in the House of Correction after he was found guilty of possession of a Class B drug with intent to distribute, a drug violation in a school zone, conspiracy to violate the drug laws and unlicensed possession of ammunition.

DePaulo said Vitalone has a pending case in Superior Court on gun charges out of Lawrence and is scheduled for trial in April. He asked that Vitalone’s $5,000 bail in Superior Court be revoked and said he also has an open case in New Hampshire involving a weapons charge.

DePaulo asked for $100,000 cash bail.

“Now we’re up to three gun cases involving him (Vitalone),” DePaulo said.

Yesterday, Abany set bail at $50,000 for Vitalone and revoked his bail on the pending Superior Court case. Abany continued the Haverhill case to Feb. 14 for a status hearing.

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