DA Vance Announces Guilty Plea of Lawrence Dilione in Death of Joseph Comunale

January 8, 2019

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the guilty plea of LAWRENCE DILIONE, 30, for his role in the death of Joseph Comunale at an Upper East Side apartment in November 2016. DILIONE pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree. He is expected to be sentenced on February 6, 2019.

“This is another major step forward on the road toward justice for Joey Comunale,” said District Attorney Vance. “I thank our prosecutors for ensuring not only that this defendant will serve significant prison time for his role in this unconscionable crime, but also for sparing the Comunale family the agony of reliving their son’s death in yet another murder trial.”

On December 5, 2018, codefendant JAMES RACKOVER was sentenced to 28 and 2/3 years-to-life in prison following his trial conviction of Murder in the Second Degree, Hindering Prosecution in the First Degree, and Concealment of a Human Corpse.

Assistant D.A. Antoinette Carter handled the prosecution of the case with Senior Trial Counsel Peter Casolaro and Assistant D.A. Rachel Ehrhardt under the supervision of Executive Assistant D.A. John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Paralegals Paige Mickel and Uriel Medina-Espino and Technology Analyst Ofelia Defran provided valuable assistance with the case.

District Attorney Vance thanked the NYPD and the Oceanport Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.


Defendant Information:

Jersey City, NJ


  • Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count