December, 2012 | Pappalardo & Pappalardo LLP

2012 December

12/06/2012

Angelo MacDonald representing alleged serial killer in Mount Vernon murder case

Angelo MacDonald, experienced trial attorney at Pappalardo & Pappalardo, will be representing Lucius Crawford, a 60-year-old Mount Vernon resident who has been charged in the Mount Vernon City Court with the murder of 42-year-old Tanya Simmons.

Crawford has also been indicated in the 1993 murder of 23-year-old Learonda Shealy in Yonkers, and the 1993 murder of 38-year-old Nella West in the Bronx, with the press already calling Crawford a “serial killer.”

Angelo MacDonald is a seasoned trial attorney who has tried more than 60 homicide cases as both an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County and as a defense attorney. MacDonald is a member of Westchester County’s 18-b Assigned Counsel Homicide Panel, and on Thursday, December 6, he accepted the assignment to represent Crawford before the Honorable Mark A. Gross in the Mount Vernon City Court.

According to reports, at approximately 1:05 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, detectives from the Bronx, along with a New York City parole officer, arrived at Crawford’s residence on Beekman Avenue in Mount Vernon to investigate the 1993 cold case. Crawford is said to not have been home at the time, but police entered the apartment and discovered the body of Tanya Simmons. Allegedly, his parole tracking ankle bracelet had been removed and found at the scene.

Crawford was arrested approximately three hours later in Mount Vernon and charged with Murder in the Second Degree in connection with Simmons’ death. Murder in the Second Degree is a class A-I felony and for prior violent felony offenders could carry a possible life sentence. It is alleged that while in custody, Crawford implicated himself in not only the Mount Vernon murder, but also the Yonkers and Bronx cold cases.

Reports indicate that Crawford has a criminal history dating back to 1973 involving various assaults on women in both New York and South Carolina, and that Crawford has spent nearly 30 years in custody. There are also reports of an investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department into any connection between Crawford and the Giglo Beach murders on Long Island. Crawford was released on parole in 2008 after spending 13 years in prison for the attempted murder of a 31-year-old Westchester woman in 1994.

Posted at 6:18 PM in Criminal Law, Homicide, In The News | Permalink
12/05/2012

John Pappalardo achieves dismissal of criminal charges in forgery case

Pappalardo & Pappalardo succeeded in getting all criminal charges dismissed against their client in a forgery case on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, in the Eastchester Town Court.

John D. Pappalardo, managing partner of the firm, represented a woman charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree. Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree is a class D non-violent felony, carrying a maximum of 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison as a first offense. Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree is a class E non-violent felony, carrying a maximum of 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.

The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office had alleged that the woman possessed and submitted a forged Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA) Renewal Lease Form to the Town of Eastchester Section 8 Office on May 3, 2012, in an attempt to apply for public housing funds. The form was allegedly doctored to alter the date of the form and the intended lease dates, as well as the addition of a tenant.

After a vigorous defense by John Pappalardo, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office dismissed the criminal charges against the firm’s client on December 5, 2012, before the Hon. Domenick Porco in the Eastchester Town Court.

Posted at 6:45 PM in Criminal Law, White Collar Crime | Permalink
12/05/2012

John Pappalardo gets criminal charges dismissed in Eastchester attempted robbery case

Pappalardo & Pappalardo succeeded in getting all criminal charges dismissed against a 21-year-old man on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, in the Eastchester Town Court.

John D. Pappalardo, managing partner of the firm, represented the young man who was charged with Attempted Robbery in the First Degree from an incident at an Eastchester pub on January 9, 2012. Attempted Robbery in the First Degree is a C violent felony, carrying 3 ½ to 15 years in prison as a first offense. All criminal charges against the firm’s client were dismissed.

The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office had alleged that the young man and his co-defendant threatened a bouncer outside of an Eastchester pub with a switchblade knife and attempted to rob him in the early morning hours of January 9, 2012.

However, John Pappalardo defended the young man zealously. After a felony hearing, Grand Jury presentation, and nearly a year of litigation, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office dismissed the criminal charges against the firm’s client on December 5, 2012, before the Hon. Domenick Porco in the Eastchester Town Court.

“This is the very best result you can get in a criminal case,” said John Pappalardo. “We’re pleased that all charges against our client have been dropped.”

Posted at 5:47 PM in Criminal Law, Robbery | Permalink