A man who police says set his ex-wife on fire in Visalia has been charged with attempted murder and faces 27 years to life in prison if found guilty. Eugene Bruno, who was burned in the June 30 incident that also set his ex-wife’s home on fire, was arraigned in a Fresno hospital and pleaded not guilty.
Bruno has also been charged with aggravated mayhem, torture, felony spousal abuse and throwing a flammable substance on another person, with the special allegation of great bodily injury. He’s also being charged as a “second striker” because of a 1984 conviction of shooting at an inhabited dwelling, Assistant District Attorney Anthony Fultz said.
The name of the victim has not been released, but she is still in a Fresno hospital, Fultz said.