CHILD RAPIST CONVICTED

CARMEL, NEW YORK – March 12, 2020 Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that Khori Salmon of Mahopac, New York, was convicted after a jury trial on March 11, 2020 of two counts of Rape in the First Degree and Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree.

Salmon’s course of sexual conduct against his child victim began when he resided in the Bronx, where he sexually abused his nine-year-old victim. Salmon moved to Putnam County in 2017, and his abuse continued, cumulating in the rape of the then twelve-year-old victim on two occasions in his residence in January 2018.

District Attorney Tendy thanked multiple law enforcement agencies and personnel. “Detectives Frank Chibbaro, Michael Sheil, and Detective Sgt. Michael Nagle of the Carmel Police Department investigated and arrested Salmon on the charges, and Putnam DA Senior Investigator Michael Benvie, the NYPD, and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office collaborated throughout this case. Putnam ADAs Melissa Lynch and Nicholas LaStella brought the case to trial and they did an outstanding job. I’m very proud of everyone’s hard work during this difficult prosecution. And I want to especially thank the jury for reaching a just verdict.”

“I also have to commend the incredible courage and resolve of the young victim throughout this terrible ordeal. We will always vigorously investigate and prosecute anyone who harms our children.”
The trial was presided over by the Honorable Judge James T. Rooney. Sentencing is scheduled for May 6. The defendant faces a maximum of twenty-five years in state prison.

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19 YEAR SENTENCE FOR POUGHKEEPSIE MURDER Putnam DA’s Office Was Special Prosecutor

CARMEL, NEW YORK – January 31, 2020 Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that Nicole Addimando was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of Christopher Grover with a concurrent sentence of 15 years and 5 years post release supervision. The defendant was convicted by a jury on April 12, 2019 of Murder in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second degree. She claimed that she had been abused for years by Grover and that she shot him in self-defense during an altercation. However, photos of Grover after the shooting showed him lying on a couch in a sleeping position with his hands folded.

“The defendant’s allegations of abuse and self-defense were exhaustively investigated for two years by many detectives and law enforcement agencies.” Tendy said. “We took the defendant’s claims of abuse very seriously. In the end, everything pointed to the fact that Christopher Grover was asleep when the defendant executed him, and there was no evidence that he had ever abused her. In fact, there was evidence that she was extremely verbally abusive to him and planned the murder in advance.” stated DA Tendy. “Fortunately, she didn’t get away with it. The jury reviewed the extensive forensic evidence and trial testimony and unanimously rejected the defendant’s claims.”

The Putnam District Attorney’s office was named special prosecutor on the case due to a conflict with the Dutchess County District Attorney’s office.

Tendy thanked the “incredible teamwork” of Town of Poughkeepsie Detectives Richard Sisilli, Darrell Honkala and Jason Guy The New York State Police Crime Lab, Putnam County Sheriff’s Investigator Matthew Tunney, Crime Analyst Jessica Cundari, and DA Investigator Michael Benvie. The trial team was Chief Assistant Chana Krauss and First Assistant Larry Glasser.

Chief Krauss stated that “I want to thank the Grover family and friends for their incredible support and trust that justice system would work. Their strength is a testament to who they are as a family and who Chris was as a son, father, friend and coach.”

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Silvio Tenesaca Sentenced for Vehicular Manslaughter and Driving While Intoxicated

CARMEL, NEW YORK – November 14, 2019 Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that on November 6, 2019, County Court Judge James Rooney sentenced Silvio Tenesaca of Kent, New York to an aggregate sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison for causing the death of George Rosalino. Tenesaca had pleaded guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Driving While Intoxicated on August 2, 2019.
On November 27, 2018, Tenesaca was driving on Route 52 in the town of Kent when he rear-ended George Rosalino, who was riding a bicycle. The force of the impact killed Rosalino instantly. Tenesaca did not stop and continued to drive home. After he arrived home, Tenesaca switched to a different car and returned to the scene, where he observed Mr. Rosalino and then drove to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Tenesaca was observed to be under the influence of alcohol and a breath test demonstrated that he had a .17 blood alcohol level.

Tenesaca was sentenced to concurrent terms of 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison for Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree and 364 days in jail for Driving While Intoxicated, the maximum sentence available for each charge. In addition, he forfeited the vehicle he used in the crime.

“Driving while intoxicated is not a victimless crime,” said District Attorney Robert V. Tendy. “It can, and often does, produce horrible and tragic results. George Rosalino was a beloved son and brother. He was a Navy veteran and a cancer survivor. The defendant chose to excessively drink and then operate a motor vehicle that night and this was the consequence. My sincerest condolences go out to the Rosalino family.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Larry Glasser. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case with assistance from the Kent Police Department.

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Putnam To Announce Formation of the Putnam County Domestic Violence & Sexual Violence Task Force

WHERE: The Putnam County Historic Court House, 44 Gleneida Avenue
WHEN: Monday, November 18 at 1 pm
The Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center in collaboration with the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, and Probation Department will be announcing the formation of the Putnam County Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Task Force.

The purpose of the task force will be to inform and make the public aware of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking—and the problems and tragedies that result from them. The goal is to empower people to seek help for themselves or others whom they feel may be in need of assistance.

The Task Force agencies will share statistics, aggregate data, and perform educational awareness and training in the community including high schools, social organizations, and various other organizations within the community who may have need of services for their members.

Involved agencies will collaborate in order to effectively communicate with each other to help improve services to victims.

Victim awareness, safety, and confidentiality are vital in domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking cases, and the Task Force will place a priority on these issues.
For further information, contact the Putnam Northern Westchester Women’s Center at 845-628-9284 or the Putnam County District Attorney at 845-808-1050.

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Peekskill resident sentenced for cocaine possession | Drugs Hidden In Emergency Brake Compartment

CARMEL, NEW YORK – June 5, 2019: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced that Antoine Boyd, of Peekskill, NY, was sentenced on June 4, 2019 to two years in state prison to be followed by two years of Parole supervision for possession of cocaine.

Boyd, 29, was arrested on April 20, 2018 after a traffic stop which occurred in the vicinity of Putnam Valley, New York. Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Deputies conducted a search of Boyd’s vehicle and found over an eighth of an ounce of cocaine concealed in a compartment inside the emergency brake of the car.

Boyd had previously pled guilty on February 5, 2019 to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th Degree, a class D felony.
The case was handled by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit and was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Breanne Smith.

Nicole Addimando Found Guilty

CARMEL, NEW YORK – April 15, 2019: Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today the conviction of Nicole Addimando for Murder in the Second Degree for the fatal shooting of her boyfriend, Christopher Grover. On Friday April 12, 2019 a Dutchess County jury convicted Addimando after three days of deliberation.

The crime occurred in Dutchess County, but Tendy’s office agreed to handle the prosecution as a result of a conflict of interest in the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office. Tendy assigned Putnam County Chief Assistant Chana Krauss to prosecute the case.

Addimando was in her car sitting at a traffic light at 2 a.m. on September 28, 2017, sometime after the shooting. She did not move the car despite light changes. Town of Poughkeepsie Police Officer Richard Sisilli approached the car and Addimando got out saying that she had just killed her boyfriend in self-defense. She claimed she had been abused for years by Grover. She was brought in for questioning, and eventually arrested.

ADA Krauss and Putnam DA Investigator Michael Benvie began a painstaking six-month investigation of the case involving phone records, internet searches, computer forensics, dozens of interviews, and more. As a result of the information learned during the investigation, the inconsistencies in the defendant’s alleged history of abuse and her claims of self-defense, and the overwhelming evidence of intentional murder, Krauss indicted Addimando and proceeded to trial. She was assisted by Putnam ADA Larry Glasser.

Valuable assistance was also provided by the Town of Poughkeepsie Police, New York State Police, Investigator Matthew Tunney of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Investigator Jessica Cundari, and many others. The evidence showed that despite Addimando’s claim of self-defense Grover was killed by a point blank shot to his head while he was sleeping on his couch. At trial, Deputy Medical Examiner Kia Newman testified the gunshot wound to Mr. Grover’s temple was a hard, tight, contact wound caused by the muzzle of the gun pressed directly to Grover’s temple as he lay on his couch. Other evidence indicated that prior to the shooting the defendant had done internet searches on “what will happen if someone was asleep and then someone shot them in the head? Will they wake up or die instantly?”

“Chief Assistant Krauss, Investigator Benvie, ADA Glasser and so many others just did an unbelievable job on this case,” Tendy said. “It was one of the most painstaking and professional investigations and prosecutions I’ve ever seen. This case was tragic. Christopher Grover was a loving father, son, brother and nephew. I just hope the guilty verdict can bring some relief to his family and friends.”

The defendant faces 25 years to life. She will be sentenced on June 10, 2019.

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Robert Bauer Sentenced for Theft from Multiple Cemeteries and Vendors

CARMEL, NEW YORK – December 3, 2018: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that on Friday, November 30, 2018, County Court Judge Larry Schwartz sentenced Robert Bauer of Pawling, New York to serve a total of 1 ½ to 4 ½ years in state prison and pay restitution in the amount of $195,850.50.

Bauer, who had been the superintendent of Raymond Hill Cemetery from approximately mid-2010 to mid-2015, had been previously been convicted after a jury trial, of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, and two counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. As proven at trial, Bauer had submitted invoices, and been reimbursed, for more than $160,000 of work that he did not perform and materials he did not purchase.

Additionally, during the course of the investigation, the New York State Police and Putnam County District Attorney’s Office uncovered evidence that Bauer had stolen from other cemeteries by whom he was employed and vendors with whom he had done business. Bauer was separately charged with these offenses and on October 19, 2018, Bauer pleaded guilty to three additional counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and one count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, admitting that he stole from Ballard Barrett Cemetery, Union Valley Cemetery, Putnam County Monuments, and Bulldog Concrete. Three of the thefts occurred during the same time period as his theft from Raymond Hill, while the fourth occurred the weekend before his trial began.

Due to the scope of Bauer’s theft against the Raymond Hill Cemetery, as well as the additional crimes that he pleaded guilty to, the District Attorney’s Office vigorously argued to Judge Schwartz that Bauer deserved a sentence of 4 to 12 years in state prison. At sentencing, Judge Schwartz described Bauer as a “brazen thief” and sentenced him as described above.

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PUTNAM DA ANNOUNCES CONVICTION OF SERIAL BURGLAR

CARMEL, NEW YORK – November, 2018: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that on Wednesday, November 7, Andrew Hickey, of Carmel, NY was convicted after a jury trial of three counts of Burglary in the Second Degree and one Count of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. Tendy personally handled the trial.

Over a five week period in 2017, Hickey broke into three houses—two on the same night. Two of the homes were occupied. The defendant was traced through DNA left at two of the scenes, and was arrested at the third home with the burglary in progress.

“This was a great collaborative effort involving the District Attorney’s Office, Carmel PD, Kent PD, the NYS Police Forensics Lab, and Putnam’s own I.T. Department.” Tendy said. “This defendant was involved in some very dangerous activity. In one home a mother and her baby were alone when he broke in, and in another a young woman was alone. Fortunately, no one was hurt. A lot of great police work went into securing this arrest and conviction. Law enforcement did a great job.”

 

Tendy was assisted at trial by ADA Melissa Lynch, and the case was tried before Judge James Reitz. Sentencing is scheduled for January 15.

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District Attorney’s Office Provides Computers To Cold Spring Police Department

CARMEL, NEW YORK – October 9, 2018: District Attorney Robert Tendy and Village of Cold Spring Officer-in-Charge Larry Burke announced today the purchase and installation of two Panasonic Tough Book Laptop computers. The computers have been installed in two police vehicles and were purchased using District Attorney Asset Forfeiture money.

“These computers brought us from the 18th to 21st century,” Burke said. “They are so fast, and they enable us to access information very quickly. It could be a routine traffic stop, an accident scene, a need to run a quick background check on a license or vehicle or driver. They are great tools.”

Tendy said that the purchases were part of an effort to help law enforcement fill identified needs which couldn’t be filled through ordinary budgeting procedures. “Police Departments, particularly the smaller ones, run on a very tight budget and don’t always have the funding necessary to purchase equipment like these computers. Whenever we can help out a department through asset forfeiture we’ll do it. I know how useful these computers are, and I’m glad we could supply them. They are very high-tech state of the art machines.”

Asset forfeiture money is the result of the proceeds of a crime being seized by law enforcement. “We usually get it from DWI vehicles, sometimes narcotics sale proceeds. If a person has numerous DWIs we will forfeit their car. We won’t allow that person to drive anymore. They are simply too dangerous to the public,” Tendy said. “If a person is selling drugs we will forfeit their vehicle if it is used to facilitate the sale or the transportation of the drugs, and if we can take sale money we will.” Officer Burke let us know what his department needed and we were very happy to help.

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Putnam DA Announces Conviction For Cocaine Sales and Possession

CARMEL, NEW YORK – September 25, 2018: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that on September 25, 2018, Omar Miles, a resident of Lake Peekskill, NY was convicted after a jury trial of three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. All counts are B felonies and Miles faces up to a maximum of 36 years in state prison.

The defendant has 6 prior felony convictions, all drug-related.

“This was a great collaborative effort involving the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s office, the Narcotics Enforcement Unit, Putnam Corrections, and the NYS Police Crime Lab.” Tendy said. “ADAs Breanne Smith and Patty Rau put together a fantastic court presentation. This was a just and deserved conviction and I want to thank the jury for recognizing the defendant for what he is, a drug dealer.”

Miles will be sentenced by Judge James Rooney on November 14, 2018.

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