Who is Donna Palomba and what happened to her?

IN 1993, a woman was attacked in her Connecticut home by a masked intruder.

The woman named Donna Palomba spent years trying to bring justice to what happened to her until the intruder was caught over a decade later.


Donna Palomba endured an attack in 1993 and lived to tell her story on NBC DatelineCredit: NBC NEWS

Who is Donna Palomba?

Donna Palomba is a sexual assault survivor from Waterbury, Connecticut.

She is married with two children. Following her attack, Palomba spent years advocating for other survivors.

In 2009, she founded Jane Doe No More, an organization that helps “survivors of sexual crimes to find their voice, advance their healing, and educate others.”

The organization also offers a four-hour self-defense class for women and girls aged 12 or older.

What happened to her?

On September 11, 1993, a masked intruder broke into Palomba’s home while her two kids were sleeping and her husband was out of town.

Palomba tried to fight back but the masked intruder sexually assaulted the mom of two.

According to her website, Palomba recalled the stranger holding a gun to her saying: “If you call the pigs I’ll come back and kill you.”

After the assault, the intruder left the home and Palomba immediately went to check in on her kids who were fast asleep.

When she went to the cops, Palomba voiced the lieutenant allegedly didn’t believe her making her feel hopeless that her intruder would be brought to justice.

It wasn’t until 11 years later that her attacker would be identified as John Regan.

In 2004, a similar attack happened where the suspect was identified as Regan.

Regan so happened to be a friend of Palomba’s husband. The authorities then compared the DNA in Palomba’s rape kit to that of the newest victim and found a match between the two.

Palomba's attacker turned out to be a friend of her husband


Palomba’s attacker turned out to be a friend of her husbandCredit: NBC News

Where is John Regan now?

At first, Regan pleaded not guilty to the two attacks and was released on a $350,000 bail.

However, soon after, Regan attacked a 17-year-old high school student.

Luckily, her track coaches witnessed and stopped the attack. Regan was then arrested without bail.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in New York and 15 years in Connecticut but was told he could serve his time concurrently.

He was at Bare Hill Correctional Facility in Malone, New York, and was released on October 27, 2022.

Palomba’s case will be revisited on NBC’s Dateline on February 11, 2024. The episode will premiere at 9 pm ET.

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