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Southbury Man Sentenced to 34 Years for Murder of Childhood Friend

David Eisenbach was sentenced to 34 years in prison Friday morning for the murder of Michael Weaving.

‘Mercy’ was a word that was mentioned several times in a courtroom for the sentencing of a Southbury man Friday morning.

Little was shown.

In front of an emotional courtroom filled with family and friends, David Eisenbach, 24, was sentenced to 34 years in prison for the brutal murder of his childhood friend Michael Weaving.

Superior Court Judge Richard Damiani said Eisenbach was a sociopath who showed no mercy for Weaving or his family, so the court will show no mercy for him.

The mother of the victim, Laura Weaving, addressed the court shortly before the sentencing. Fighting back tears, she asked the judge to take no pity on the man who had taken her son’s life some 16 months ago.

“Mr. Eisenbach showed no mercy to my son, so I plead with the court to do the same,” Weaving said. “I’ll never understand why this happened. Every time I start crying, I’m afraid I’ll never stop.”

Eisenbach’s mother was also in attendance, along with several other family members of the defendant.

Public defender Ty Bowden-Lewis asked Damiani for the minimum sentence, citing Eisenbach’s difficult upbringing and troubled psychological past as elements to consider.

Eisenbach pleaded guilty May 11 to the murder of Weaving.

At his plea hearing, Damiani indicated he would likely impose a sentence of between 28 and 34 years. After listening to testimony from the victim’s family and viewing a slide show that was shown by Assistant State's Attorney Amy Sedensky detailing the last few hours of Weaving’s life, Damiani decided on the maximum imprisonment.

Dressed in a bright orange jumpsuit, Eisenbach spoke briefly before learning his fate.

“I had known Mike and Tom [Curley] since I was young,” Eisenbach said in a low voice while looking towards the courtroom floor. “There are no words I can say to these families, my own family. They were good kids and I will miss them too."

An autopsy showed that Weaving had died from blunt force head trauma, although second-degree burns and several cuts and puncture wounds were also found on his body.

Weaving had been killed and buried after a night of drinking and partying with Eisenbach and a third man, Thomas Curley, of Naugatuck, according to court files.

Curley committed suicide shortly before Weaving’s body was discovered. Curley had allegedly participated in Weaving’s murder, according to court files.

Terri Lynn Fenn July 29, 2011 at 06:38 PM
What a heartache. They will all be in my prayers
Craig Zac August 01, 2011 at 04:58 PM
I love how a lawyer will ask for the lighter sentance due to his client having a hard life or having mental issues... ok, so this kid killed another kid, a friend no less but its ok cause he was mistreated as a child and has issues.. yeah he'd make a very trusting and great member of society.. maybe his lawyer can hire him as a babysitter or live in help. What do you say mr.Lewis? want to give this guy a home in your house??
Cori October 14, 2011 at 02:15 PM
I am sure if the rolls were reversed you would be telling your lawyer to do anything possible to get you off from having to serve more then half your life in a prison cell. I grew up with Dave and he did have a tough life so casting stones on something you dont know should be better kept as thoughs in your own mind.
Tina Eastwood November 20, 2011 at 06:08 AM
There are many people who have had it tough growing up or otherwise....They dont all go off and brutally kill their friends. There is NO EXCUSE for what this thing did to the entire Weaving family.
Craig Zac November 21, 2011 at 12:11 PM
"Superior Court Judge Richard Damiani said Eisenbach was a sociopath who showed no mercy for Weaving or his family, so the court will show no mercy for him." As it should be...
Craig Zac November 21, 2011 at 12:15 PM
The thing is Cori, the rolls would never be reversed, unless I had a really good reason to kill someone... like self defense or protecting someone else. Im sorry your friends are psychopathic murder,arent you glad you werent partying with him and Curley that night?
Alan November 21, 2011 at 02:47 PM
This comment is in regards to Craig, off of Cori's comment.. While I am not condoning the actions that Mr. Eisenbach committed, and I do believe that justice should always be served, I believe you are crossing lines and making this irrelevant to the news reported in the article. There is no need to attack another individual or his/her friends with comments such as calling someone a "psychopathic murderer" or turning to hypothetical extremes. Nobody in this situation wins. The Weaving's will never get their son back, and the life of Michael Eisenbach, and that of his family's is forever changed. People make mistakes, I am not saying it is an excuse to kill another person, but it is insensitive comments like the ones you have made in this article that frustrate me beyond belief. Expressing your dissatisfaction is more than appropriate, sure, but to stereotype and label people in such a way is sending the kind of message to our children that is promoting these kinds of actions, such as bullying, and leads to the same kinds of outcomes in this article. Words have a powerful affect on people; more powerful than a lot of people seem realize.
Craig Zac November 21, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Alan said: "There is no need to attack another individual or his/her friends with comments such as calling someone a "psychopathic murderer" Judge Richard Damiani said: "Eisenbach was a sociopath who showed no mercy for Weaving or his family" I say: Tell it to the judge! Alan said: "or turning to hypothetical extremes" Cori said: "I am sure if the rolls were reversed you would be telling your lawyer to do anything possible to get you off from having to serve more then half your life in a prison cell." I say: is THAT not a Hypothetical extreme??? The article says: "An autopsy showed that Weaving had died from blunt force head trauma, although second-degree burns and several cuts and puncture wounds were also found on his body" I say: Hit over the head, cut, stubbed and burned then buried. So, a non psycho person is capable of this?
Vic February 04, 2013 at 04:47 PM
I was friends with all 3 of them. Yeah so what Esinbach had a hard life so did I but I wont go murdering my friends. Esinbach will never change he was and will always be this way I've known him to be this way even when we were in school together. Why do you think he got dishonorably discharged from the service??? Cause he went A wall! He admitted what he did in court and going around telling people what he did before he got arrested. Why should he get minimum sentence for what he did. Do you know Mike?? If you did then you would know that Dave always treated Mike that way! Mike always got bullied worse by Dave. Fuck Dave!

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