"He has recovered," said Coleman, who said he has been sober since 1976. "I've seen a lot of people recover from this disease, alcohol addiction. I don't know anyone with a better grip on it than Dante."
He said he still keeps an eye on him because he knows what happened before could happen again.
Lewis Prather, who lives across the street from the house the DiTrapano family is renting, said he and his wife were apprehensive when they heard the family was moving in. They had read about DiTrapano's troubles in the newspapers and worried about what that might bring to their block.
DiTrapano was NFL player Randy Moss' agent for a time.
But the wide receiver dropped him shortly after an incident in 2006 when DiTrapano was found with his wife and three others in a Florida hotel room with crack and powder cocaine. All were arrested.
Federal authorities searched the lawyer's South Hills home and found multiple firearms. He was charged then with being a person prohibited from owning firearms because of a drug addiction and spent six months in federal prison. He then served three years of supervised release.
In 2009 he pleaded guilty in federal court to providing a false statement to a bank. The act took place in 2005 before his legal troubles began.
A number of the people who testified Wednesday said it was unfair the charges were filed three years after his conviction.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston sentenced DiTrapano in 2010 to one day in custody and five years of supervised release, on which he remains.
Prather said DiTrapano has been nothing but helpful since moving into the neighborhood in 2008. The rental home was in need of work and has been improved on DiTrapano's dime, Prather said.
He said they met when he and his wife, Bonnie, were trying to tie up a butterfly bush in their front yard but were having difficulty. DiTrapano came across the street and gave them a hand.
A second hearing is set for April 17 at the Office of Disciplinary Counsel located at City Center East on MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City. A decision will be made after that hearing.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at 304-348-4850 or ashley.cr...@dailymail.com.