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December 21, 2017 | New York Post

A Manhattan man who stabbed his grandmother to death with a faux elephant tusk was sentenced to 20 years behind bars Thursday. Dominick Anderson attacked his 62-year-old granny — jabbing the tusk straight through one cheek and right out the other — because he thought she was trying to cast a voodoo curse on him, prosecutors said....

December 19, 2017 | New York Post

The cold-blooded monster who fatally strangled his teacher-turned-lover and their 4-year-old child was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Tuesday. Isaac Duran Infante, 24, declined to speak before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon laid into the admitted murderer, calling his December 2016 slaying of Felicia Barahona and their child,...

December 15, 2017 | NBC New York

A New York City man has been convicted of coercion, assault and other charges for beating his former girlfriend, forcing her to walk naked down a public street and recording the abuse so he could show the video to friends. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said Friday that 26-year-old Jasson Melo assaulted his former girlfriend in his Harlem home...

December 15, 2017 | New York Daily News

Three ancient Lebanese statues, stolen and missing for decades, were returned to their rightful owners Friday by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. The irreplaceable artifacts, dating as far back as the 6th century BCE, were happily accepted by Lebanese Consul General Majdi Ramadan at a repatriation ceremony....

December 14, 2017 | Patch

Two man are facing life in prison for shooting five people, killing one, outside a Harlem restaurant in 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney's office announced Thursday. Chavarr Gilliam and Carl Moore, both 26, were sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in state prison, prosecutors said. Both men were convicted for murder, attempted murder...

December 12, 2017 | Bloomberg

You don’t need to be hacked to lose your cryptocurrency to thieves. An unidentified New York City man found out the hard way when an acquaintance allegedly entered his apartment and took his digital wallet containing $1.8 million worth of ether after another man robbed him of his keys at gunpoint. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said this type of crime...

December 12, 2017 | New York Daily News

An NYPD traffic agent pleaded guilty Tuesday in the drunken high-speed chase that killed a Brooklyn woman on her birthday. Stefan Hoyte, 26, was driving his 2013 Infiniti G37 at 111 mph and his blood-alcohol level was .12 — more than the legal limit of .08 — when he smashed into a pillar on the Williamsburg Bridge on March 16. His passenger,...

December 07, 2017 | New York Post

With New York City on track for fewer than 300 homicides in 2017, the House just passed a bill to let people with concealed-carry permits issued in any state to legally pack hidden heat in every other state, no matter what the local gun laws say. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would also strengthen the background-check system,...

December 07, 2017 | New York Daily News

An East Harlem landlord who forced a family of seven out in the cold so he could renovate his building, pleaded guilty Wednesday to reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child....“Ephraim Vashovsky ordered a gut renovation and demolition that created an inhumane and unsafe living environment for a family with five young...

December 07, 2017 | NY1

A Manhattan landlord pled guilty this week after being accused of trying to force rent-stabilized tenants out of their apartment.  Ephram Vashovsky was convicted on criminal charges of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says this conviction is a warning to all landlords who force residents to live...