Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Laurell Smith (DOB 02/12/90) of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York was sentenced today to 20 years in state prison on his conviction after a jury trial of:
one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony,
for a daytime stabbing on September 18th, 2010 on North Avenue in New Rochelle, resulting in the death of Kevin Williams.
In addition, the defendant was sentenced to an indeterminate term of one to three years in prison to be served concurrently on a violation of probation resulting from his arrest and conviction in this case.
Rico Johnson (DOB 03/11/91) of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York had previously pled guilty on March 11th, 2011 to:
one count of Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony,
one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class “E” Felony
and was sentenced on June 14th, 2011.Read more
Former New Rochelle City Judge Preston, Scher, 71, drove his car into two vehicles parked on the shoulder of I-684 in Connecticut near Danbury,CT on Monday night sending a Tennessee woman flying off an overpass into a swamp below. The two parked vehicles had collided previously and were parked on the shoulder of the interstate when Scher came upon the scene, lost control of his vehicle and struck the two vehicles.
Elaine Staggs,23, of Oak Ridge, TN was standing on the should when the collision occurred. She was thrown from the overpass, landing in a marshy area 25 feet below. She was taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY where she is listed in critical condition. The driver of the other vehicle, Richard Heaton, 52, of Glendale, Queens was in his car at the time of the collision was not seriously injured. All three vehicles sustained significant damage.
Scher, who retired as New Rochelle City Judge last year, sustained minor injuries.
The accident remains under investigation.Read more
This is Part VII in a series. To read from the beginning, go back to Part I.
Judge Anthony Carbone today sentenced Suzanne Ribando to Conditional Discharge, a highly unusual and light sentence based on an equally unusual recommendation from the Westchester County Department of Probation. Carbone also vacated an unconstitutional Order of Protection imposed on Suzanne Ribando by Judge Gail Rice in 2008, lifting a ban on Ribando entering or enjoying the use of her own backyard. Patrick Hickey, one the complainants in the case, glared at Ribando as he stormed out of the courtroom.
"I am happy," said Ribando's attorney John Mangialardi about the sentence, "Given the fact that she was convicted of what she was convicted of this was a good outcome."Read more
(New York, NY) -- Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of Marque Gumbs, 32, for stealing more than $1.5 million worth of printing toner cartridges from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (“MSK”) in Midtown Manhattan. Gumbs is charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the First Degree. The theft occurred between September 27, 2007 and August 27, 2010.
“More than $1.5 million intended for the operation of a world-renowned health care facility was instead squandered on the defendant’s pursuit of a luxurious lifestyle,” said District Attorney Vance. “To victimize an organization dedicated to saving lives is deplorable. I commend our Special Prosecutions Bureau for its swift work on this case.”Read more
This is Part VI in a series. To read from the beginning, go back to Part I.
Days before her trial on eight criminal counts of harassment, contempt and criminal mischief -- just two days before a pre-trial conference on October 29th -- Suzanne Ribando stepped out her front door and found Detective Jeff Wilson lurking in the shadows across the street from her house.
Standing stock still on her front porch, Suzanne Ribando watched as Detective Jeff Wilson got out of a car parked along the street near her house on Stephenson Boulevard. Wilson walked into the street and stood under a street lamp. She could just make out an object in his hand. It appeared to be a video camera. Ribando said Wilson looked directly at the front of her house, right at her, then turned around, went back to his car and drove away. Having been told previously to call if anything unusual happened, Ribando called Michael Galluzzi who told her that if he came back again to try to get the license plate number of the vehicle.Read more
Jose Martinez made an unexpected court appearance today at the Westchester County Court in White Plains, NY to enter a guilty plea as to a course of sexual conduct against a child in the 2nd degree, a class D violent felony. Under the plea agreement, Martinez admitted he had anal and/or oral sexual contact with a then 14-year old male student at the Isaac E. Young Middle School.
Martinez was released on his own recognizance.
In exchange for admitting guilt and avoiding the necessity of the victim having to testify at a trial, Martinez received a "sentence promise" from Criminal Court Judge Susan Cacace that he will receive a six month sentence of "shock probation" which will amount to 119 days in jail or "time served", according to Tracey Everson, spokesperson for the Westchester County District Attorney. Martinez is otherwise facing 7 years in prison.Read more
This is Part IV in a series. To read from the beginning, go back to Part I.
Suzanne Ribando was not sure why but she was in the Westchester County Jail.
Never in trouble before the Hickeys bought the house next door in 2004, her quiet life had fallen to pieces ever since. She did not understand how things could have come to this point. Days earlier, pushed to the breaking point after two years of torment at the hands of her neighbors, Patrick and Tracey Hickey, she had put a knife to her throat and told police officers she wanted to die. She had been taken by the police to Mount Vernon hospital for psychiatric observation and released after it was determined she was not a danger to herself or others. Although the court was aware that she had been confined against her will at Mount Vernon hospital, an appearance date was scheduled during her confinement and an arrest warrant issued for her failing to appear. For reasons not clear to her, Ribando was subsequently arrested and remanded to Valhalla. When her mother, Betty Ribando, came to the jail to visit her, she told her mother that although she thought she had been sent for psychiatric observation no psychiatrists had evaluated her.
In the meantime, Betty Ribando, a frail woman with significant medical problems, had called Michael Galluzzi, a successful Manhattan attorney specializing in civil litigation. Galluzzi, born and raised in Yonkers, was no stranger to the ways of the Westchester old boys network. He grew up knowing Suzanne Ribando as the quiet, shy daughter of his godfather, Jimmy Ribando a big band trumpet player who toured the country as a professional musician.Read more
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Lillian Montilla, 44, of 757 Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced to 1 to 3 years indeterminate in state prison on a guilty plea to one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony, relating to the theft of $191,235.05 from her former employer.
Between January 8, 2009 and July 23, 2010, the defendant, who was a payroll assistant for Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc., admitted she stole the money by cashing checks made payable to former employees of the private, not-for-profit social service agency based in Greenburgh.
A restitution judgment order in the amount of $191,235.05 was entered by the Court.
The scheme came to light when a former WestCOP employee contacted the organization stating he had received a W-2 statement for 2009 earnings yet he was no longer employed by WestCOP during that time.
Greenburgh Police were contacted and began an investigation in late July 2010 during which two other defendants were also arrested.Read more