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County judge sets $10,000 bail for pro wrestler 'The Sandman,' charged in Yonkers brawl

By Rebecca Baker
The Journal News • July 24, 2008

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WHITE PLAINS - A Westchester County judge set $10,000 bail this morning for pro wrestler James "The Sandman" Fullington, who has spent the last few days in jail following a weekend brawl.

The wrestler's attorney said his client would have "no trouble" posting that bail, set by Judge Barbara Zambelli, and expects Fullington to be released later today.


"I think it was an appropriate bail," defense lawyer John R. Lewis said. "It's very reasonable."

Fullington, 45, faces felony charges in Yonkers after being accused of brawling at La Lanterna restaurant on Sunday. He had to spend a fourth night in jail last night after a Yonkers City Court judge told him he couldn't set bail because he had two felony convictions on his rap sheet.

Fullington is under a restraining order barring him from having any contact with the owner of La Lanterna, Ralph Tarone.

Police said Fullington went berserk at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, flinging glasses at the restaurant staff. He also injured two police officers who were called to the scene to subdue him by throwing glasses at them, according to police.

Louis Albano, 40, the son of wrestling great "Capt. Lou" Albano, who was at the restaurant, said the gathering was for a book signing and 75th birthday party for his father. He said Fullington had too much to drink and became unruly, and that Tarone threw a glass at the 6-foot, 4-inch, 280-pound wrestler.

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