PUTNAM DA KEEPS KENT POLICE OFFICERS SAFER WITH THE PURCHASE OF NEW BODY ARMOR VESTS

CARMEL, NEW YORK – October 5, 2017: Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that he has used money from the District Attorney Asset Forfeiture funds and Safe Street Grant funds to purchase five body armor vests for the Town of Kent Police Department.

Tendy said that “over the past year, various law enforcement agencies have contacted my office and have put in requests for equipment to help in their assignments. Chief Alex DiVernieri contacted my office and said that he could really use these vests—they are so important and can save lives. I agreed right away.”

Chief DeVernieri stated that “the safety of our officers is paramount. I want to thank DA Tendy for purchasing these vests for our officers and providing them with the tools they need to stay safe.”

In the past year, Tendy has used grants and asset forfeiture funds to provide simulator training pistols, body armor vests, and electronic devices to law enforcement agencies working in and for Putnam. “That’s what the money is for, to help the deputies, police officers, and troopers do their job safely and effectively,” Tendy said. “We are going to do a lot more of it. Anything we can do to help, we will do it.”

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Anthony Grigoroff Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Garrison Garage Murder

Carmel, N.Y. – District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that Anthony Grigoroff was sentenced in Putnam County Court by the Hon. Edward McLoughlin to the maximum sentence of 25 years to life for the murder of John Marcinak. Marcinak was shot and killed at his place of business, the Garrison Garage, when he interrupted a burglary on the afternoon of December 31, 2008. Grigoroff acted as a lookout and getaway driver. He had previously been found guilty in 2010, but in 2015 that conviction was overturned. He was again convicted on August 8 after a two week trial.

Tendy, who personally tried the case along with Assistant District Attorney Melissa Lynch, asked the judge to sentence Grigoroff to the maximum. “Let no one have any illusions that the Defendant isn’t guilty,” Tendy said in his statement prior to sentencing. “He gave great detail in his confession as to what occurred during the burglary and shooting, and that’s because he was there when it happened. No one could have had such knowledge of the crime scene and what occurred there unless he was personally present.”

Tendy also discussed the defendant’s trial testimony. Grigoroff claimed during the trial that Putnam County Sheriff’s Department investigators forced him to confess to a crime he didn’t commit. “I find this reprehensible,” Tendy said. “In fact, the exact opposite happened. The members of the Sheriff’s Department were very

careful to do everything properly and took great pains to make sure the defendant’s rights were not violated. The investigators did a great job and are to be commended.”

Friends and relatives of John Marcinak were also present. Tendy told the court that “John Marcinak was by all accounts a decent, caring, giving, loving father and friendly, decent, caring, and giving member of his community.”

Grigoroff sat silent during the sentence proceedings, and when asked by the judge if he wanted to say anything before sentencing, tersely answered “no.”

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Burglar Sent to State Prison

CARMEL, NEW YORK – Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today the conviction of William J. Gambichler, 24, of Southeast, New York, of Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony. The defendant pleaded guilty on June 13, 2017 and was sentenced by the Honorable James Reitz on September 5, 2017 to a term of 2-4 years in state prison.

At approximately 9:50 AM on March 18, 2017, an alert employee at a nearby business observed a vehicle drive up to the closed Brady Stannard car dealership located at 1015 Route 22 in Southeast. The witness observed the defendant exit the vehicle, walk behind the dealership, and return a few minutes later carrying a plastic bag. Knowing that the dealership was closed, the witness immediately called the police.

Gambichler, a previously convicted felon, confessed to members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office that he had in fact broken into the dealership. A search of the immediate area resulted in the recovery of the stolen cash register. Forensic analysis later revealed Gambichler’s fingerprints on the cash register.

District Attorney Robert Tendy would like to thank the diligent eyewitness who called the police after observing the suspicious activity. “If you see something, say something, so together we can continue to keep Putnam County Safe “.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Larry Glasser.

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2 ½ to 5 Year Sentence For Illegal Firearms Possession

CARMEL, NEW YORK – District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced the conviction of 36 year old Bronx resident Anthony Savarese for the crime of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D Felony Offense.

Savarese, who has a criminal history including a felony conviction for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, was driving on the Taconic State Parkway when he crashed his vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway. The quick response to the single car crash by New York State Police led to the recovery of an illegal loaded .38 special revolver the defendant kept in the center console of his Porsche.

Savarese left the scene but was spotted a short distance away where he admitted fleeing the crashed vehicle and leaving the loaded firearm behind. ADA Joseph Charbonneau’s aggressive prosecution of the Predicate Felon resulted in his conviction and a sentence of 2 ½ to 5 years in State Prison and forfeiture of 30,000 dollars.

“ADA Charbonneau did a great job prosecuting this case. Illegal firearms in the hands of felons are extremely dangerous,” Tendy said. “I am grateful that the New York State Police recovered the weapon before anyone was hurt. Those who unlawfully possess weapons not only put citizens in danger, but they also jeopardize the second amendment rights of law abiding citizens. It will not be tolerated.”

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DA Robert V Tendy announces the conviction of Daniel Kriz

CARMEL, NEW YORK – AUGUST 10, 2017 Carmel, N.Y. Daniel Kriz, 49 of Wingdale NY, was sentenced on August 8, 2017 in Putnam County Court by the Honorable Judge Edward McLoughlin to 1-3 years in state prison for his conviction of Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, a class E Felony. As a result of Kriz’s abusive conduct of his former girlfriend, an order of protection was issued on her behalf against Kriz that included a “no contact” provision. Ignoring the Courts order, Kriz continued to harass his victim causing her to fear for her safety. After an intensive investigation by Inv. John Kerwick of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Kriz was arrested and incarcerated.

ADA Laura Roberts worked closely with Kerwick and District Attorney’s Special Victim Investigator Jaemie Caban to insure the victim was safe and Kriz was held accountable for his abusive conduct.

When DA Tendy took office in 2016 he restructured the office so that every prosecutor in his office, not just one, understood the complexities of handling a domestic violence case. “Often, by the time a victim of domestic violence contacts the police, there has been a lengthy history of abuse. We strive to let our victims know that their voices are heard, and we will work with all our multi-disciplinary partners to make sure victims are safe and their needs are addressed while holding their abusers accountable. Every domestic violence case is different and must be handled that way” stated DA Tendy.

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Phillip Callaci Sentenced to Two Years State Prison

CARMEL, NEW YORK – AUGUST 9, 2017 District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that Phillip Callaci, 50, of Mahopac, was sentenced to two years in state prison and two years post release supervision on August 1, 2017, after pleading guilty to one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree.

Callaci was arrested on October 26, 2016, after arranging to sell a quantity of heroin to what turned out to be an undercover Sheriff’s Deputy. Members of the Narcotics Enforcement Unit found Callaci, along with a female passenger and two young children (aged three years and three weeks old), parked in a vehicle at the agreed upon sale location where Callaci had thirteen glassines envelopes of heroin on him ready to be sold.

Outraged that Callaci would arrange to sell Heroin with his children in the car, ADA Breanne Smith, who prosecuted the case, refused any plea offer that did not include a state prison sentence.

“Heroin kills, it’s that simple. My office will continue to use every resource to punish those who push these drugs in to our community” DA Tendy stated.

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