NYS Senator Kevin Parker Acquitted of more serious Counts in Staten Island Trial
New York State Senator, Kevin Parker of Brooklyn was convicted yesterday of two misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief but was found innocent of a more serious felony charge by a jury in a Brooklyn court.The conviction concerns damage to a camera and an automobile belonging to a newspaper photographer during an incident in Brooklyn in May last year. The case was prosecuted by the Staten Island District Attorney, Daniel Donovan, in a Kings County Court after the Brooklyn DA's office stepped aside after Parker had raised questions about the prosecution's handling of the case.State Senator Parker who was re-elected to his seat in Albany last month, was found guilty of two counts of criminal mischief in the 4th degree, Class A misdemeanors, attempted grand larceny in the third degree, criminal mischief in the third degree and a misdemeanor charge of assault in the third degree. If he was convicted of the felony he could have faced seven year prison. But on the misdeamor conviction the punishment could be a year in prison.
"My office assumed prosecution of this matter after our colleagues in Brooklyn obtained a felony indictment against Kevin Parker," Donovan said in a statement after the jury verdict. "With the available evidence and witnesses we presented the strongest possible case to the jury. We respect the decision of the jury and thanked them for their service to the justice system. I believe this prosecution demonstrated no one is above the law. Regardless of your status in society, even if you are a state senator like Kevin Parker, we are all equal before the law," Efforts to reach the State Senator were unsuccessful. However, it is expected that he would appeal the conviction.Parker is to be sentenced on January 27th, next year by New York State Supreme Court Justice Neil FIretog who presided over the jury trial.
The original indictment of the lawmaker was obtained by the Brooklyn DA.'s and it accused the lawmaker of assaulting a newspaper photographer and damaging his camera and automobile outside of the defendant's Brooklyn home.