Ex-convict turned bone marrow donation activist arrested following new incident

Or the strange sad saga of Michael Guglielmo continues.

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Michael Guglielmo. Photo/Manchester Police Department

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Over the past four decades, Michael Guglielmo has had some very public ups and downs, and in the process, become familiar to New Hampshire law enforcement officials. On Tuesday, he met with law enforcement officials once again.

Guglielmo, 57, was charged with alleged simple assault, criminal threatening, obstructing the report of a crime and aggravated driving under the influence following an incident on East Industrial Park Drive.

According to a police press release issued Dec. 11, the woman was driving with Guglielmo, and the woman reports that Guglielmo allegedly started to physically assault her as she drove and continued to assault her as she tried call the police, making violent threats as well.

Eventually, the woman stopped, hit and scratched him in trying to stop his assault, threw the keys out of the car and ran to call 911. Guglielmo found the keys and drove off before police caught up with him on Candia Road.

Storied past

Manchester Police public information officer confirmed that Guglielmo is the same man who, In 1985, was convicted of multiple counts of attempted murder for a shootout with SWAT after he broke into the home of a drug dealer on Montgomery Street in Manchester he intended to kill.

According to an article in the Saturday Evening Post about Guglielmo written in 2014, he said he acted out of despair, distraught after learning a child he fathered had been placed for adoption. After firing 200 machine-gun rounds, Guglielmo surrendered and was eventually apprehended by a SWAT Team.

While incarcerated, he obtained a GED, bachelor’s in paralegal science from Ohio University and a master’s in political philosophy from California State University.

Guglielmo received early parole in 2003 and found work as a dishwasher and then a roofer. He eventually married and the couple had a baby who contracted a rare genetic immune disorder that required a bone marrow transplant. Guglielmo was told that there was a 1-in-20,000 chance of finding a donor for his son, “Baby Giovanni,” that could supply the right bone marrow needed for his son, but he reached out to 20,000 people and found a donor.

He eventually became an ambassador with Delete Blood Cancer, a non-profit organization seeking to help people like his son and he saw his sentence in 2011. This was three years earlier than expected despite an altercation in 2009.

Guglielmo faced additional charges on separate incidents in 2015 and in 2017.

In 2014 he gave a TEDxUMass talk on his life story as an ambassador for bone marrow donation (see below.)

Anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.