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Center Moriches Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Prison for Murdering Mother in 2017

LONG ISLAND STRONG news - Suffolks County DA report - (RIVERHEAD, ) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the sentencing of a Center Moriches man to 25 years to life in prison for fatally stabbing his mother in 2017. Christopher Storm Harrison, 27, was convicted by a jury on June 7 of Murder in the Second Degree, a class A-1 felony. “Mr. Harrison not only brutally murdered his own mother in the home they shared, but he then took clear steps to try to conceal the crime and avoid taking responsibility,” District Attorney Sini said. “This was a very difficult, tragic case, but Assistant District Attorney Frank Schroeder did an excellent job presenting the facts at trial. Mr. Harrison was rightfully convicted by a jury of…
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ALLEGED MS-13 MEMBER ARRAIGNED FOR 2017 HOMICIDE

LONG ISLAND STRONG news Nassau County District Attorney reports - MINEOLA, – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that an alleged MS-13 member has been arrested for the August 2017 machete murder of Carlos Rivas-Majano, whose body was found in a wooded area along the Meadowbrook Parkway in August 2018. Luis Alejandro Varela, 21, also known as Felon, was arrested yesterday and pleaded not guilty today before Judge Angelo Deligatti to one count of Murder in the Second Degree (an A-I felony). The defendant was remanded and is due back in court July 22. If convicted of the charge the defendant faces a potential maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. “Luis Alejandro Varela, an alleged MS-13 member, and his co-defendants allegedly lured Carlos Rivas Majano into…
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18 People Indicted for Allegedly Operating a Heroin & Cocaine Distribution Ring Across Western Suffolk County

DA SINI & SCPD: 18 PEOPLE INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY OPERATING A HEROIN & COCAINE DISTRIBUTION RING ACROSS WESTERN SUFFOLK COUNTY Investigation Resulted in Seizure of Kilograms of Narcotics, Seven Illegal Firearms and $83,000 Cash DA Sini Announced Formation of New Special Narcotics Bureau to Target & Prosecute Major Drug Traffickers Suffolk County District Attorney reports (RIVERHEAD, ) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini and the Suffolk County Police Department today announced the unsealing of a 22-count indictment against 18 individuals for allegedly operating a heroin and cocaine distribution ring across western Suffolk County. “This is a unique case in that the entire network, including four major traffickers, were all operating within Suffolk County,” District Attorney Sini said. “This was a widespread network of major traffickers and street-level drug…
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ICE FIELDS ALIEN GOLD – Bail bondswoman sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment for smuggling hundreds into US

NEW YORK CITY STRONG news – New York, NY: Pursuant to an investigation by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, Hema Patel, 51, a Texas-based bail bondswoman, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for her role in smuggling hundreds of illegal aliens into the United States. Patel was also ordered to forfeit her Texas residence, two hotels, $ million in bail bonds, $400,000 in cash and 11 gold bars, among other assets. advertisement American Wilderness Finds.  On June 7, 2018, Patel pleaded guilty to alien smuggling for financial gain by fraudulently bonding illegal aliens from immigration custody and causing their release into the United States.“In a classic example of how criminal networks exploit loopholes in our nation’s immigration system to make a profit while threatening the…
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FATAL HEROIN OVERDOSES DROP BY NEARLY 25 PERCENT IN NEWLY-RELEASED DATA FROM ME’S OFFICE

LONG ISLAND STRONG news - Nassau County DA reports - MINEOLA, – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder announced that newly-certified data from the County Medical Examiner’s Office indicates that fatal heroin overdoses have decreased nearly 25 percent between 2016 and 2018. In 2018, 147 individuals died from opioids in Nassau County, a decrease from 195 in 2016, or approximately percent. 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 82 109 126 132 149 177 195 184 147 “The opioid epidemic continues to be the most pressing public health crisis facing our communities, but this dramatic drop in overdose deaths shows that our work to bridge the treatment gap is saving lives,” DA Singas said. “Since 2015, when…
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MAJOR LONG BEACH DRUG SUPPLIER CONVICTED OF SELLING MORE THAN AN OUNCE OF HEROIN

LONG ISLAND STRONG news - Nassau County DA reports - MINEOLA, – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a major heroin supplier in the Long Beach area – arrested as part of Operation Beech Sweep – was convicted at trial of all charges against him. Rodney Coward, 44, of Long Beach, was convicted yesterday of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree (an A-II felony) and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (a B felony). The trial, before Acting Supreme Court Justice William O’Brien, lasted approximately seven days and the jury deliberated for approximately one day. The defendant is due back on July 24 and faces a potential maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. “The arrests associated with…
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Former NASCAR CEO Pleads Guilty to DWI

Suffolk County District Attorney reports (SAG HARBOR, ) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced that the former CEO of NASCAR pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in August 2018. Brian France, 56, of Ormond Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty today to Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor. “This case is a reminder for both residents and anyone visiting Suffolk County this summer that it is all of our responsibility to keep our roads safe,” District Attorney Sini said. “It is not acceptable for anyone to be driving while drunk or on drugs in our community.” At approximately 7:08 on Aug. 5, 2018, France was driving a white 2017 Lexus sedan northbound on Main Street in Sag Harbor when he was observed failing to stop at a stop…
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Deer Park Man Sentenced to Maximum Prison Time for Running Over and Killing College Student

Nassau County District Attorney reports MINEOLA, – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Deer Park man was sentenced to five to the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison today to the top homicide count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree for the November 2017 death of an 18-year-old woman in a Levittown parking lot. Daniel Coppolo, 33, pleaded guilty on April 25 before Judge Terence Murphy to Manslaughter in the Second Degree (a C felony), Leaving the Scene without Reporting (a D felony), and Tampering with Physical Evidence (an E felony) relating to the homicide. He pled guilty to Robbery in the Third Degree (a D felony) for a separate incident where he used force against a security guard to escape after shoplifting. “Taranjit Parmar was…
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Roosevelt Man Convicted of Three Attempted Murder Charges for July 2017 Shooting at House Party

Nassau County District Attorney reports MINEOLA, – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Roosevelt man was convicted today of three counts of attempted murder and related charges for a shooting outside a house party in Uniondale in July 2017. Ahkhazyah Wright, 19, was convicted by a jury of: Three counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (a B violent felony) Two Counts of Assault in the First Degree (a B violent felony) Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (a C felony) The trial, before Judge Robert McDonald, lasted two weeks and the jury deliberated for approximately two days. The defendant is due back for sentencing on August 14 and faces up to 25 years in prison for each attempted murder charge, and up…
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Centereach Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Pedestrian While Driving on Combination of Drugs

DA SINI: CENTEREACH MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO KILLING PEDESTRIAN WHILE DRIVING ON COMBINATION OF DRUGS Suffolk County District Attorney reports (CENTRAL ISLIP, ) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the conviction of a Centereach man for striking and killing a pedestrian in Nesconset on Sept. 29, 2018, while impaired by a combination of drugs. Jesse Santucci, 42, pleaded guilty today to Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a D felony, and Driving While Ability Impaired by the Combined Influence of Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor. “Anytime you get behind the wheel while impaired by drugs or alcohol, you are putting lives at risk,” District Attorney Sini said. “There is no excuse for this reckless, dangerous behavior. Today’s conviction holds this individual responsible and serves justice for the…
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MS-13 Gang Member Indicted for July 2018 Shooting Death in East Patchogue

DA SINI: MS-13 GANG MEMBER INDICTED FOR JULY 2018 SHOOTING DEATH IN EAST PATCHOGUE Suffolk County District Attorney reports (RIVERHEAD, ) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the indictment of an MS-13 gang member for the shooting death of Emilio Sanchez-Maldonado, 17, in East Patchogue on July 2, 2018. Melquisedec Sanchez-Hernandez, 17, is charged with Murder in the Second Degree, an A felony. He has been identified by law enforcement as a member of the MS-13 street gang. “When it comes to MS-13, you’re either with them or against them, and that was certainly the case here,” District Attorney Sini said. “The defendant gunned down the victim simply because he felt slighted and took issue with the victims’ new friends. This was yet another senseless tragedy…
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ICE FIELDS – ICE HSI Boston investigation brings 10-year prison sentence in Multi-State child sex trafficking case

Sex trafficked the 17-year-old in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and on Long Island, New York. ICE reports - PROVIDENCE, RI: A supervisor at a group home contracted by the Rhode Island Department of Children Youth and Families (RI DCYF) who repeatedly sex-trafficked a missing 17-year-old girl was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. The sentencing was announced by Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Boston, Aaron L. Weisman, United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island and Colonel Michael J. Winquist, Chief of the Cranston () Police Department on May 9. “We applaud this sentence, which is fitting and appropriate in this case,” said Special Agent in Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh of HSI Boston. “There is no crime more…
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Valley Stream Man Charged with Manslaughter After Fatal Crash

Long Island Strong - Nassau County DA reports - MINEOLA, – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Valley Stream man was arraigned today on grand jury indictment charges for a high-speed chase and ramming that ended in a fatal crash. Dana King, Jr., 23, was arraigned before Judge Robert Bogle and charged with Manslaughter in the Second Degree (a C felony) and two counts of Assault in the Second Degree (a D violent felony). Bail was continued at $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash, and the defendant is due back in court on June 10. If convicted of the top count, he faces up to five to 15 years in prison. “This defendant allegedly could not accept that his relationship with his ex-girlfriend was over and as a result…
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