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  • Shoot an officer in the head. 3 1/3 years in juvie!!!!

    Here in Kansas, we charged a 13 year old girl as an adult for a vicious carjacking/murder.

    http://rocnow.com/article/local-news/200991016006
    Rivera gets maximum for shooting DiPonzio

    The teenager who shot a rookie police officer in the head while trying to shoot another cop he had a confrontation with will be incarcerated for at least 3 1/3 years.

    After listening to statements made by Tyquan L. Rivera and Officer Anthony DiPonzio, state Supreme Court Justice Joseph D. Valentino said, “Your action was a cowardly act,” before sentencing Rivera to the maximum 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison.

    “You may not have hit the officer you intended to hit, but you caused physical harm to another. No one else is to blame for your actions but you,” Valentino told Rivera.

    Rivera was convicted Sep. 4 of attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault following a four-day trial. He was accused of taking a 22-caliber rifle and aiming it at Officer Kevin Mack, with whom he had had a confrontation moments earlier. However, the shot he fired struck DiPonzio, who had just arrived on scene to back up Mack and was standing a few feet away.

    Even after a jury found him guilty of both felony counts in the indictment, Rivera insists that he was not the shooter.

    “My heart goes out to Officer DiPonzio and his family. But I was not the shooter,” he said when he addressed the court. He also thanked his attorneys for representing him.

    DiPonzio spent about two weeks at Rochester General Hospital before being transferred to Unity Health System’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, where he was an inpatient until April 1. He has had two surgeries to replace half of his skull.

    DiPonzio can now stand and walk on his own but is continuing to work on getting more movement in his left arm. His recovery is expected to take about another year or year and a half.

    DiPonzio is currently living with his parents at his home in Greece and going to physical therapy daily for about three hours. He asked for the maximum sentence.

    “I would like to say this has affected me very greatly, not just physically, but also by having to watch my family deal with my injuries and rearrange their lives,” DiPonzio told the court. Referring to his fellow officers, he said, “I ask on behalf of my brothers and sisters who still have to work every single day… that you impose the maximum sentence.”

    Had he been 16, Rivera would have received a prison term of at least five years and no more than 25 years on convictions for attempted murder and assault.

    Valentino said he believes that when members of the state Legislature passed laws on juvenile offenders, they never imagined that any judge would have to hear a case of a 14-year-old who shot an on-duty police officer. If they had, they would have mandated for a higher sentence for such cases, he said.

    “I don’t know if you will ever comprehend how many lives you affected by your actions,” Valentino told Rivera. He then said the court would file a recommendation that Rivera serve the full term of his 3 1/3- to 10-year sentence.

    Since he is a juvenile, Rivera will serve the first part of his sentence at a state juvenile facility. Once he turns 16 years old, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services has the option to transfer him to a state prison if approved by a judge, Monroe County District Attorney Mike Green said. Once he turns 18, it is at the discretion of the OCFS director on whether Rivera should stay in a juvenile facility or be sent to prison. But by 21 years old, all juveniles are transferred to the adult correctional facilities.

    In the next few days, Rivera will be taken to a juvenile intake facility to be evaluated and then it will be determined which facility he goes to, Green said. He added that the OCFS tries to keep juveniles in facilities that are close to their hometown but it sometimes comes down to whether they have space for another juvenile and other factors. In Rivera’s case, the State School at Industry in Rush is the closest facility.

    Rivera’s mother, Wanda Lise, declined to comment as she left the courtroom.

    DiPonzio’s mother, Joanne DiPonzio, said DiPonzio continues to get better each day and the verdict and sentencing was one more step in the process.

    “It’s not victory for us but it’s closure,” she said.
    Those who believe, ye shall receive.

  • #2
    3 and 1/3 years? If that's a harsh sentence, maybe some of the thugs in my area should move to Kansas.
    Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
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    MPA - University of Texas Dallas 2004
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Outshined
      What is your point? Are we going to scream and yell foul forever. This is the way the justice system operates in the United States, me, you and whoever can do nothing about it. Enjoy life and take a break.
      We can use these things as lessons for the future.
      Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
      - G. M. Trevelyan

      B.S. Business Administration - Texas A&M 1990
      MPA - University of Texas Dallas 2004
      Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice - American Military University 2006
      Graduate Certificate in Accounting - University of Dallas 2008
      Various Graduate Credits - UoP
      MA Christian Ministry Chaplaincy Dallas Baptist University 20%
      DPA Valdosta State 30%

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      • #4
        Originally posted by SleepyCop View Post
        3 and 1/3 years? If that's a harsh sentence, maybe some of the thugs in my area should move to Kansas.
        Lol...I think not.....then they'll have to tangle with KITTY......






        But seriously, usually our courts give out appropriate sentences.....strange, I didn't even hear about this on the news...
        'Evil always wins when Good does nothing'-Anonymous

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Outshined
          What is your point? Are we going to scream and yell foul forever. This is the way the justice system operates in the United States, me, you and whoever can do nothing about it. Enjoy life and take a break.
          Wow, moron much?
          ...hunter of the shadows is rising...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Outshined
            The future is here, absolutely agree.
            I'm fairly cynical, however I still think that the system can be improved.
            Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
            - G. M. Trevelyan

            B.S. Business Administration - Texas A&M 1990
            MPA - University of Texas Dallas 2004
            Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice - American Military University 2006
            Graduate Certificate in Accounting - University of Dallas 2008
            Various Graduate Credits - UoP
            MA Christian Ministry Chaplaincy Dallas Baptist University 20%
            DPA Valdosta State 30%

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Outshined
              So jump right in there and improve it.
              And how do you know I don't? How are you so certain I haven't at least tried to improve matters like these?
              Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
              - G. M. Trevelyan

              B.S. Business Administration - Texas A&M 1990
              MPA - University of Texas Dallas 2004
              Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice - American Military University 2006
              Graduate Certificate in Accounting - University of Dallas 2008
              Various Graduate Credits - UoP
              MA Christian Ministry Chaplaincy Dallas Baptist University 20%
              DPA Valdosta State 30%

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Outshined
                Good luck, I have been trying for 24 years, with no luck.
                I'll admit I've run into my fair share of obstacles, but I don't want to stop trying.

                A letter here, a letter there will add up in the long run.
                Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
                - G. M. Trevelyan

                B.S. Business Administration - Texas A&M 1990
                MPA - University of Texas Dallas 2004
                Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice - American Military University 2006
                Graduate Certificate in Accounting - University of Dallas 2008
                Various Graduate Credits - UoP
                MA Christian Ministry Chaplaincy Dallas Baptist University 20%
                DPA Valdosta State 30%

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                • #9
                  As I shake my head in disgust...

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                  • #10
                    What else in new in the world of Criminal Injustice.

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                    • #11
                      I never got why the penalty for attempted murder should be any less than actual murder. Why reward someone with less prison time because they weren't able to kill the person they were trying to kill? The fact is that he tried to kill the officer, and should be sentenced as such. But that would only happen in my fantasy world.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by crazynova View Post
                        I never got why the penalty for attempted murder should be any less than actual murder. Why reward someone with less prison time because they weren't able to kill the person they were trying to kill? The fact is that he tried to kill the officer, and should be sentenced as such. But that would only happen in my fantasy world.

                        Ive wondered that too. You get attempted murder for having bad aim and murder for having good aim or good luck. Doesnt make sense to me.

                        Unless the definition of attempted murder is what im not getting.
                        Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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                        • #13
                          I think its a total disgrace that the officer will be feeling the effects and most likely still in rehab with the kid gets out of jail.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Outshined
                            So what you going to do about it?
                            Ventilate the cranial vault before he can drop the gat.

                            Problem solved.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Outshined
                              So what you going to do about it?
                              Ventilate the cranial vault before he can drop the gat.

                              Problem solved.

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