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October 2017

In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Oct. 27, 2017 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. today announced that Harry Kyreakedes (DOB 12/01/89) pled guilty before Judge Barry Warhit to:

  • one count of Vehicular Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class “C” Felony
  • one count of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated Per Se, an unclassified Misdemeanor

in the death of Isaac Ward (DOB 03/12/89).

On Jan. 1, 2017, Kyreakedes, an off-duty New Rochelle Police Officer, was out drinking with friends, including the victim, at a bar in Dobbs Ferry. After a period of time, they drove to White Plains to frequent another bar.

On Jan. 2, 2017 just before 3 a.m., all four men left taking two vehicles. The victim got into the passenger seat of the Kyreakedes’ SUV. Kyreakedes initially drove southbound on Mamaroneck Avenue and eventually headed back northbound at which point he crashed into a parking meter, a stop sign and into a tree in front of the CVS located at 325 Mamaroneck Avenue.

The White Plains Police and Fire Departments responded to the scene. The victim had sustained serious injuries and was unresponsive. He was given CPR at the scene and was then taken to White Plains Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Kyreakedes was pinned in the driver’s compartment. He needed to be extricated from the vehicle and suffered extensive injuries to one of his legs. He was taken to Westchester Medical Center where samples of his blood were obtained via a court order and search warrant. Analysis of those samples showed that the blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of the crash was more than .18 percent.

Kyreakedes will be sentenced on Jan. 5, 2018.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Julia Cornachio, Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Bureau.

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Media contact: Deidra Thomas
111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601
Tel: (914) 995-3586
Fax: (914) 995-2116

Oct. 26, 2017 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Ronald Clare Greenland (DOB 02/24/63) of Mount Vernon, NY was found guilty after a jury trial before Judge Susan Cacace of:

  •  one count of Attempted Murder in the First Degree, a class “A-1” Felony,
  • one count of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class “C” Violent Felony
  • one count of Attempted Aggravated Assault Upon a Police Officer, a class “C” Violent Felony
  • one count of Assault in the Second Degree, a class “D” Felony
  • one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony
  • one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, a class “A” Misdemeanor,

On Nov. 8, 2016, at approximately 2:15 a.m., Greenland was attempting to steal rims from a truck at a car dealership located at 175 North Bedford Rd. in Mount Kisco.

A Westchester County Police Officer was on patrol when he spotted a suspicious green Honda Odyssey van in the parking lot of the dealership. It had previously been reported stolen.

The officer pulled over the van at a traffic light but then the defendant sped off. A high speed chase ensued. Greenland then stopped the van on Knowlton Avenue, left the vehicle and began running. The officer chased him through backyards eventually catching him on Dickson Lane in Bedford.

A physical struggle began where Greenland attempted to stab him several times before he was subdued and taken into custody. The knife was recovered at the scene. The officer’s bullet proof vest had slashes in the chest area where the Greenland attempted to stab him.

Greenland faces forty years to life in state prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 19, 2017.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lana Hochheiser, Deputy Chief of the Homicide Bureau.

Ronald Clare Greenland

Ronald Clare Greenland

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Media contact: Deidra Thomas
111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601
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Oct. 25, 2017 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced today that Jose Alicea (DOB 4/17/77) of Yonkers, NY pled guilty before Judge Anne Minihan to:

  • one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, a class “D” felony
  • one count of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle in the Second Degree, a Class “E” felony
  • one count of Possession of Burglar’s Tools, a class “A” misdemeanor
  • one count of Attempted Petit Larceny, a class “B” misdemeanor

On March 26, 2017, four police officers from the Yonkers Pattern Crime Unit and two officers from the Second Precinct Anti-Crime Unit were surveilling the Cross County Shopping Mall parking lots after numerous thefts from cars were reported in that area.

At approximately 3:15 p.m., Alicea was spotted walking through the parking lots, peering into vehicles and lifting car door handles. He was then observed entering a 2014 Ford Explorer that had a shattered rear passenger window. Police determined that the Ford Explorer had been reported stolen that morning from Nepperhan Avenue in Yonkers. 

Alicea was arrested and when he was searched, the police found in his possession a screwdriver – a tool commonly used to break into cars – and a portable GPS unit that belonged to the owner of the stolen Ford Explorer. 

“To combat auto-related crimes here in Westchester, we’re seeing our partners in law enforcement stepping up patrols and doing undercover surveillance to keep thieves at bay as they find more innovative ways to swipe cars,” Scarpino said. “Thanks to the outstanding police work demonstrated by the Yonkers Police Department, this particular defendant’s activity was quickly put to a stop.”

Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “Due to the remarkable efforts of our dedicated Police Officers and professional collaboration with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, another perpetrator has been delivered into the Criminal Justice System. The Yonkers Police Department is committed to reducing all types of crime, including property and vehicle related thefts; this latest conviction is a testament to our resolve and continued successful relationship with the DA’s Office.”

Alicea, who faces three to six years in state prison, will be sentenced on Jan. 18, 2018.

Assistant District Attorneys Celia Curtis and Stefanie DeNise of the Westchester County Investigations Division prosecuted the case.

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Media contact: Deidra Thomas
111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601
Tel: (914) 995-3586
Fax: (914) 995-2116

Oct. 25, 2017 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. today announced the sentencing of an Ossining woman to 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 years in state prison for stealing more than $250,000 from her Pleasantville employer over a four-year period.

Erika Flores (DOB 08/09/70) of Ossining, NY, was the accounting clerk for Prospero Equipment Corp., a national commercial winery, beer, and spirits supply company, in Pleasantville for approximately ten years and was responsible for accounts payable for the credit cards used by the company. 

An investigation by the Mount Pleasant Police Department and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office revealed that Flores used the company credit cards between January 2012 and June 2016 without permission and falsified records to conceal her personal charges. She also had corporate checks drawn to the credit card company so that there would be sufficient funds to cover her personal charges without detection.  It was determined that she stole $251,437.58 by using two company credit cards for personal expenses such as food, travel and clothing.       

Flores was arrested by the Mount Pleasant Police on June 30, 2016, and pled guilty to one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony, on June 28th of this year. 

In addition to her sentence, Flores was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $251,437.58.

Assistant District Attorney Nicole Gamble of the Economic Crimes Bureau prosecuted the case.

 

Erika Flores

Erika Flores

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Media contact: Deidra Thomas
111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601
Tel: (914) 995-3586
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Oct. 25, 2017 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. today announced that an Elmsford man has been sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison for the fatal shooting of a passenger sitting in a parked car in Yonkers in 2015, and seriously wounding the man in the driver’s seat.

Dontae Degree (DOB 09/26/1986) of Elmsford NY, was found guilty by a jury in February of:

•           one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class “A” Felony,

•           one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class “B” Felony,

•           one count of Assault in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony and

•           one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony.

On Aug. 25, 2015 at approximately 1:35 p.m., several gunshots rang out in front of 127 Morningside Ave. in Yonkers. A Yonkers Police Officer who was nearby raced to the location and discovered two men who had been shot sitting in the front seats of a Hyundai Sonata.

Degree crept up behind the car occupied by his victims and fired multiple shots at them.

Kenneth Hill who was sitting in the front passenger seat was killed. Roylin Fairclough was seriously injured but survived.

Hill was shot in the head, neck and spinal cord. Fairclough was shot in the head, right shoulder and back. He was taken to Jacobi Medical Center where he underwent surgery.

Yonkers Police commenced an investigation, and Degree was arrested on Oct. 19, 2015 and remanded. 

Deputy District Attorney Timothy Ward and Assistant District Attorney James Bavero of the Superior Court Trial Division prosecuted the case.

 

Dontae Degree

Dontae Degree

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Media contact: Deidra Thomas
111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
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Tel: (914) 995-3586
Fax: (914) 995-2116