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Retired officer pleads not guilty to threatening wife with gun
September 06, 2012, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Leo Pierini

A retired police officer found with a loaded gun and 13 other firearms when South San Francisco police responded to reports he had threatened to kill his wife pleaded not guilty to several felonies including assault with a semi-automatic weapon.

Leo Pierini, 55, is also charged with domestic violence, false imprisonment and making criminal threats. He pleaded not guilty and a preliminary hearing Nov. 19 will determine if Pierini will stand trial.

South San Francisco police arrested Pierini July 28 after responding to a 911 call from one of the couple’s children and reportedly finding his wife on her knees with him standing a few feet away. Police say Pierini, a retired officer from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, had a loaded gun in an unsnapped waist holder.

The woman told police after an argument he grabbed her hair and pushed her to the ground where he held the semi-automatic Ruger to her face and said "[I could] snap your neck” and "I could kill you right now.”

Police confiscated 13 firearms from the home, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Pierini remains out of custody on $50,000 bail. A prosecution request to increase bail was denied.

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