A Republican applicant for point out attorney standard is under fireplace for aiding a brutal killer.
Attorney John Sarcone represented Robert Sepe, who defeat his girlfriend Janette Carlucci to death with a baseball bat at their Croton-on-Hudson property in 2008. Sepe was sentenced to 25 yrs to everyday living in jail in 2009.
But Sarcone submitted an enchantment on Sepe’s behalf — and won.
He persuaded an appeals court docket in 2013 to cut down Sepe’s sentence from very first diploma murder to a lesser manslaughter count of 5 to 25 decades in prison. The judges were being split 3 to 2.
Sepe is suitable for parole in 2025 and could be produced for great habits that calendar year.
He will be released no later on than 2028 based mostly on the minimized sentence, in accordance to point out Office of Corrections and Community Supervision data.
Just after the appellate court docket dominated in his favor, Sarcone informed lohud.com that that his killer consumer was not “some member of a road gang, or a murder-for-employ man, or a mass murderer or a serial killer. … However, he snapped, for which he is paying out. It’s a sad, tragic case. Certainly there’s a great deal of empathy below. We felt that justice was served.”
But Jennifer Harrison, founder of Victims Ideal NY, said Sarcone’s illustration of the baseball bat killer makes him unfit to be the attorney typical.
“Sarcone attempted to justify this horrific murder. It’s Ok to beat a woman to death with a baseball bat?! This is eye opening. It’s a massive pink flag,” Harrison mentioned.
She stated Republicans simply cannot accuse Democratic incumbent AG Letitia James of staying smooth on criminal offense if their nominee for the business coddled a killer.
Sarcone, via a campaign agent, defended his illustration of Sepe.
“John Sarcone has a broad-based lawful observe with a target on appeals. A family members pal requested him to attractiveness this situation on behalf of the defendant’s spouse and children and, following listening to the facts, three New York Point out Appellate Division Judges ruled that because of to the defendant’s very long-phrase mental overall health problems Manslaughter was a much more correct selection,” claimed Sarcone marketing campaign spokesman Rob Ryan.
Then Westchester County District Lawyer Janet DiFiore — now the state’s chief choose — opposed the diminished sentence.
In its ruling, the appeals courtroom explained Sepe was emotionally distraught due to the fact of private and enterprise-similar woes. He ran a failing Bronx wellness products and solutions distribution enterprise.
“The proof overwhelmingly demonstrates that the defendant, who was in a fragile mental point out, was truly affected by an serious emotional disturbance when he attacked Carlucci, with whom he experienced previously shared a loving relationship,” Decide Jeffrey Cohen wrote for the the greater part.
“We are confident that the jury was not justified in concluding that the defendant was not beneath the impact of an severe psychological disturbance, for which there was a fair clarification, when he attacked and killed Jeanette Carlucci.”
The view famous that Sepe had “a historical past of depression and a extensive heritage of nervousness and worry problem that would manifest alone in stress attacks.”
Sarcone faces off from lawyer Michael Henry in the Republican principal for legal professional typical.