DA Vance: Three Base Jumpers Found Guilty at Trial for Jump from One World Trade Center


June 22, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the trial conviction of JAMES BRADY, 33, MARKO MARKOVICH, 28, and ANDREW ROSSIG, 34, for BASE jumping off of One World Trade Center in September 2013. BRADY, MARKOVICH, and ROSSIG were convicted following a trial in New York State Supreme Court of Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree, BASE Jumping and Reckless Endangerment of Property. BRADY and ROSSIG are expected to be sentenced on August 10th and MARKOVICH is expected to be sentenced on August 17th.

“In the nearly two years since this BASE jump occurred, the three men who parachuted off One World Trade Center have yet to acknowledge the dangerousness or cost of their actions,” said District Attorney Vance. “The defendants took pride in their perceived accomplishment, and seemed to relish evasion of authorities. Today, a jury found their stunt to be reckless and illegal. Thanks to the NYPD, the Port Authority Police, prosecutors in my office, and the jury in this case, these defendants are being held accountable for their crimes.”

As proven at trial, at approximately 3:00 a.m. on September 30, 2013, BRADY, MARKOVICH and ROSSIG entered the One World Trade Center construction site. The defendants climbed 104 flights to the tower’s communications ring where BRADY, who was employed as an iron worker at the construction site, had previously hidden their equipment. They jumped off the ring and parachuted down, one landing on the West Side Highway and the others in the surrounding area.

Upon witnessing one of the defendants landing, a manager at a local bagel store called 911. Following a joint investigation between the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the NYPD, and the Port Authority Police Department, the defendants were arrested in March 2014.

Assistant District Attorney Joseph Giovannetti handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kerry O’Connell, Chief of Trial Bureau 80, and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Legal Intern Katherine Barrett also assisted with the case.

Defendant Information:

JAMES BRADY, D.O.B. 9/17/1981
Kings Park, NY

Convicted:
•    Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
•    BASE Jumping, a class A misdemeanor, one count
•    Reckless Endangerment of Property, a class B misdemeanor, one count

MARKO MARKOVICH, D.O.B. 12/13/1986
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY

Convicted:
•    Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
•    BASE Jumping, a class A misdemeanor, one count
•    Reckless Endangerment of Property, a class B misdemeanor, one count

ANDREW ROSSIG, D.O.B. 9/25/1980
Slate Hill, NY

Convicted:
•    Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
•    BASE Jumping, a class A misdemeanor, one count
•    Reckless Endangerment of Property, a class B misdemeanor, one count