Charles "Buck" Thurman was released from prison in 1991. Thurman was in prison for seven years after abusing his wife, Tracey Thurman. Tracey Thurman sued the city of Torrington for the police department's failure to protect her, and she was awarded $2.3 million.
A law was passed based on Thurman's lawsuit. The Thurman Law required the perpetrator to be arrested for all instances of domestic violence, regardless of whether the victim wanted to press charges. In 1989, a movie was released based on Tracy Thurman's story; it was called "A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story." Charles Thurman's son, Charles Motuzick, has been arrested for first-degree larceny and possession of narcotics. In 2010, Motuzick was sentenced to seven years in prison for the possession charge.