CONVICTION IN GALLERIA MALL HATE CRIME MURDER
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced the conviction today of Phillip Grant (DOB 3/09/62) of Murder in the Second Degree as a Hate Crime, a class “A” Violent Felony and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony, in the death of Concetta Russo-Carriero.
On June 29, 2005, the defendant stabbed and killed 56-year-old Concetta Russo-Carriero, a White Plains paralegal, as she walked to her car in the municipal garage next to the Galleria Mall. By the defendant’s own admission, Mrs. Russo-Carriero was intentionally selected as a target by the defendant, because she was white and that he was waging a race war.
Grant was arrested moments after he committed the crime by members of the White Plains Police Department.
District Attorney Janet DiFiore said after the verdict, “Today’s conviction is the result of the hard work of both the White Plains Police Department and the prosecutors from my office. This horrendous, needless crime has left a family without their mother, sister, wife, daughter and cousin. Phillip Grant was released back into our community, from state prison, as a ticking time bomb. He exemplifies why Civil Commitment laws are needed.”
Grant will be sentenced on September 11, 2006 in White Plains Superior Court by New York State Supreme Court Justice Lester B. Adler.
He faces a minimum of twenty years to life in state prison on the conviction.
Assistant District Attorney Timothy Ward, Chief of the Narcotics Trial Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Amy Puerto prosecuted the case.