In fact, Sponza had committed his first criminal offense at only 15 years old. Over the years, many rumors had built up around him, such as the claim that he had once shot someone in the face. However, his father worked in law enforcement in New Haven, CT, and he seemed to always have his son’s back.
For Dylan, sharing a home with Sponza was tough. According to a friend of Diane’s, the gangster would regularly shout at the boy. Sometimes he would even threaten him with a gun. Meanwhile, he was also abusive towards Diane and would often beat and humiliate her in front of his friends. “I think Dee Dee stayed with him because she was terrorized,” Sharon Rotella told the Republican-American in 2012.