FAIRFIELD — Former Fairfield firefighter Robert Stacy, who says his threats to kill co-workers were light-hearted jokes, will return to court in December after a judge decided Monday to set aside a permanent restraining order against Stacy.
Stacy’s attorney said Solano County Superior Court Judge Daniel Healy made a fair decision.
“Mr. Stacy will get the chance to have his day in court,” said attorney Christina Petricca, “and try to explain what really happened.”
She said statements by the firefighter, whose job the city has since terminated, were taken out of context and misunderstood.
The judge at the Dec. 19 hearing could decide to let expire a temporary restraining order that remains against Stacy or to approve a new permanent order against the firefighter.
Stacy has said a Fairfield city representative told him it wasn’t necessary to attend a March hearing about Fairfield’s request for a court order directing Stacy to keep at least 100 yards away from three firefighters he was said to have threatened. The permanent retraining order was issued after Stacy did not appear March 4. The city disputes Stacy’s account that he was told he didn’t have to attend the hearing.
The restraining order directing Stacy, 41, to stay away from the three firefighters has been lifted for two of the firefighters. Both men said they didn’t consider Stacy’s remarks to be credible threats, Petricca said.
Attorney Toussaint Bailey, who represents the city, declined to comment after the Monday court hearing.
Petricca has said in a court document that Fairfield has no evidence that Stacy has ever been violent in the past.
A declaration filed by Fairfield cites Sgt. Joel Orr’s report that Stacy remarked during a January shift change at Fire Station No. 35 on Edison Court that Stacy thought he’d go home and take his life “but before I do that, I will go back and kill you guys.”
A day-long hearing is scheduled Dec. 19 in Vallejo.
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