GUILTY PLEA: Off-Duty NYPD Officer Pleads Guilty in Pelham Shooting of Two New Rochelle Men

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GUILTY PLEA: Off-Duty NYPD Officer Pleads Guilty in Pelham Shooting of Two New Rochelle Men

September 22, 2015 - 14:36

Brendan Cronin

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WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Brendan Cronin, 29, of 60 Ball Avenue, Yonkers New York pled guilty today to the entire indictment that charged him with two counts of Attempted Murder, class “B” Felonies, two counts of Assault in the First Degree, class “B” Felonies and one count of Driving While Intoxicated, a class “A” Misdemeanor.

On April 29, 2014, at approximately 11:55 p.m., the defendant, an off-duty New York City Police Officer, was enroute home from City Island after spending a day of in-service training at the New York Police Department’s Firearms and Tactics Section at Rodman’s Neck in the Bronx.  

While his vehicle was parked in the vicinity of the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, the defendant approached a vehicle occupied by two individuals that was stopped at a traffic light.

The defendant stood alongside the passenger side of the victims’ automobile and fired numerous shots from a 9mm semi-automatic handgun into the victims’ car.  

One victim, was shot six times suffered serious physical injuries, including but not limited to multiple gunshot wounds to his back, shoulder, arm and chest, injuries that required multiple surgeries.

The defendant then proceeded to leave the scene and was stopped a few blocks away by Pelham police and subsequently arrested. 

Additionally, it was determined that he had been operating his vehicle in an intoxicated condition.

Talk of the Sound first broke the story of the victim arriving at Montefiore New Rochelle hospital.

Bail was continued at $150,000.

The defendant will surrender on September 29th, 2015.

Sentencing will be on December 2nd, 2015.

He faces a maximum sentence of twenty five years in prison. 

Assistant District Attorney Timothy Ward of the Superior Court Trial Division is prosecuting the case.