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Angry boyfriend who attacked victims with sledgehammer, shovel gets 100 years in prison

A man convicted in a domestic violence attack that seriously injured three people was sentenced Friday to 100 years in prison.

Mark Dublino, 52, received consecutive 25-year sentences for the attempted murders of his former girlfriend and a friend of hers at the woman's Williamsville home on June 6, 2016. He smashed each of them in the skull with a sledgehammer.

He received two 25-year terms for two first-degree burglary convictions -- to run concurrently with each other and consecutive to the attempted-murder terms -- for illegally entering Gina Terrana's house on Mill Street to commit the attacks.

Dublino received another two consecutive 25-year sentences for two counts of burglary in the first degree for then going to the woman's parents' home on Catherine Street, illegally entering and smashing Terrana's then 77-year-old father with a garden shovel, fracturing the man's arm.

State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Haendiges also sentenced Dublino to two seven-year terms for the assault on the older man and to 2 1/13 to seven years for aggravated criminal contempt for violating an order of protection.

The three victims and the woman's mother addressed the court before sentencing.

Terrana, who also testified at Dublino's trial, described how Dublino came into her home and then began "bashing my head with a sledgehammer, leaving me in a pool of blood, not knowing if I was dead or alive – something he later bragged about."

She sustained two skull fractures, many broken bones in her face and possibly permanent nerve damage, she said, along with ongoing problems of fear and depression.

She then spoke to Dublino, a man she had spent eight years of her life with.

"You were someone I loved and cared very much about. Nothing about you resembles that person I once knew," she said. "Your actions that day were despicable."

Because she was knocked to the ground with the first swings of the sledge, Terrana didn't see Dublino turn the hammer on Todd Russo, a friend who had come over to help change a lock. Russo, who also testified, reminded the judge that, before he was hit, Dublino told him that he knew he was going to jail "so I might as well take everyone with me."

It was Russo who called 911 – he had trouble at first, because there was so much blood on his hands – and the police officer who was first on the scene recalled seeing him staggering toward him down the driveway, dazed and with his white dress shirt soaked red. The officer later described him as "looking like the Walking Dead."

Russo said his injuries kept him from visiting his mother in the last months of her life and now prevent him from the sports he had always loved – skiing, hockey and even golf.

"Mark has traumatized so many lives," he said. "It is time for him to realize he is not the winner and he is not above the law."

Terrana's mother also spoke, and briefly explained what led her daughter to break up with Dublino.

"She wouldn't sell her home, quit her job, leave her family and move to Florida," Jean Caputi said.

After the break-up, when Dublino began stalking and harassing her daughter, she said, "We couldn't believe he could do such nasty things. We hadn't seen that before."

Michael Caputi also spoke briefly from his wheelchair, telling the judge that he had treated Dublino like a member of his family, even like a son.

"I tried to help him in other areas. I even taught him how to play pinochle, which he enjoyed," he said. "If my father was here now, he would say, 'Mark, you're a fool.'"

Daniel Grasso, who has represented Dublino for two weeks but was not involved in the trial, briefly asked the judge to consider having all the sentences run concurrently, because on June 6, 2016, his client's "mind wasn't working properly ... and in his mind, all of this was one act, one ongoing crime."

Dublino showed less restraint when given the chance to speak. His lengthy remarks included his continued argument that he was inadequately represented by his previous attorney, Joseph Terranova, because they disagreed on whether to call witnesses who Dublino felt were on his side.

It was Terranova whom Dublino allegedly assault two weeks ago during a meeting in the Erie County Holding Center. He now faces felony charges in connection with that incident.

Dublino did not deny the attacks but instead tried to justify them, saying he had always "protected" Terrana and that he was put in his violent mindset by "years of lies."

"I was always there to help them. I thought this was going to be it, I was going to be with this woman the rest of my life," Dublino said, while two security officers held him, one at each elbow.

While he grudgingly said he was sorry for hitting his victims, he also claimed their descriptions of their injuries were "overblown."

"They are going to have a full recovery as soon as you sentence me," he said.

The judge said she considered Dublino's actions "a set of deliberate, maniacal acts."

She added that by "bludgeoning them over and over and over again even as they lay on the ground showed your interest was in killing them."

"You have never demonstrated any remorse for these utterly evil acts," she told him, adding the prison sentence would protect the community from further harm.

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