Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Father of man hurt in Hulk Hogan's son's crash injured in fight at jail

CLEARWATER — The father of a man who was critically injured in a street-racing crash involving Hulk Hogan's son was injured in a jailhouse brawl this month, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Edward Graziano, whose son suffered a broken skull when 17-year-old Nick Bollea lost control of his Toyota Supra and crashed into a palm tree near downtown Clearwater in August 2007, has been in jail for more than a year.

He has a hearing today on a charge he tried to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife, Debra.

According to a sheriff's report released Sunday, Graziano and another inmate started fighting shortly after jail staff opened the gates the morning of April 8 and released inmates from lockdown.

Graziano, 54, told investigators that Dominick Christiano stole commissary items from him the night before, then entered his cell and punched him three or four times as he lay in bed.

Christiano, 37, said he didn't steal anything from Graziano. He told investigators that Graziano had cheated him, cursed at him, pushed him and swung an empty box at him.

While the men offered different versions of the fight and what led to it, this much is true: Graziano required medical care.

"I observed swelling underneath Inmate Graziano's left eye, swelling to his left wrist and a cut on the right side of his head," detention Deputy Paul T. Lindner II wrote in the report.

Lindner does not mention any injuries to Christiano, who is in jail for a probation violation and burglary charges.

Neither man pressed charges against the other.

The case has been closed and the men have been moved to different wings of the jail.

Graziano's attorney, John Trevena, told Bay News 9, the first to report the fight, that jail has "been absolutely horrible for Ed. He literally breaks down on a daily basis."

Graziano has been in jail since Feb. 26, 2009, when Pinellas sheriff's deputies arrested him on charges that he paid a hit man $2,100 and a pizza gift card to kill his wife. According to court documents, he tried to strangle himself with a seat belt in a transport van as he was being taken to jail.

The court documents also contain an allegation that Graziano brought his mother with him when he paid for the hit man, who turned out to be an undercover detective.

Graziano's son, John, was involved in a lawsuit to obtain funds for his future care. That suit against Nick Bollea and his parents, professional wrestler Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea and Linda Bollea, was settled in February. The terms are confidential.

Times researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this report. Rodney Thrash can be reached at rthrash@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4167.

Father of man hurt in Hulk Hogan's son's crash injured in fight at jail 04/25/10 [Last modified: Sunday, April 25, 2010 9:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Comedian and activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

    Nation

    The comedian Dick Gregory rose to national prominence in the early 1960s as a black satirist whose audacious style of humor was biting, subversive and topical, mostly centered on current events, politics and above all, racial tensions. His trademark was the searing punchline.

    Dick Gregory, a comedian, activist and author, died Saturday. [Tribune News Service, 2011]
  2. Winter Haven police investigating armed robbery at Dollar General

    Crime

    WINTER HAVEN — Police are investigating an armed robbery Friday night of a Dollar General store on W Lake Ruby Drive.

  3. Rowdies settle for draw at home

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for the Rowdies is that they still haven't lost a game at Al Lang Stadium since late April. The bad news is they had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Ottawa on Saturday night in front of 6,710 sweaty fans.

  4. Bats come to life, but Rays' freefall continues (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG —The six runs seemed like a ton, just the second time the Rays had scored that many in a game during their numbing two-plus-weeks stretch of offensive impotency, and amazingly, the first time at the Trop in nearly two months.

    Lucas Duda connects for a two-run home run in the sixth, getting the Rays within 7-5. A Logan Morrison home run in the ninth made it 7-6, but Tampa Bay couldn’t complete the comeback.
  5. 'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotest

    Nation

    BOSTON — Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned "free speech rally" a week after a gathering of hate groups led to bloodshed in Virginia.

    Thousands of people march against a “free speech rally” planned Saturday in Boston. About 40,000 people were in attendance.