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No Re-Trial in Choking Death of Off-Duty Suffolk Correction Officer

No Re-Trial in Choking Death of Off-Duty Suffolk Correction Officer

Riverhead (WALK) - There won't be another trial in the death of an off-duty Suffolk correction officer in a bar brawl in the Hamptons in 2008, even though the verdict was recently overturned.

That's because the suspect pleaded guilty to manslaughter yesterday. Anthony Oddone won't be going back to jail, however, because a plea deal calls for him to be sentenced to the five years time he served before a prior conviction was recently overturned.

According to Suffolk District Attorney Tom Spota, the family of the victim, Andrew Reister, wanted to be spared the trauma of a second trial. Spota says his office was confident that it could have earned another conviction, but they decided to honor the wishes of the victim's relatives.

Reister, 40, was a father from Hampton Bays who was working a second job as a bouncer at the Southampton Publick House when he got into a fight with Oddone after telling him to stop dancing on tables, according to witnesses. Oddone, formerly of Farmingville, held Reister in a chokehold until he passed out.

Reister was declared brain dead two days after the brawl.

In overturning the conviction, the State Court of Appeals ruled that Oddone's attorney should have been allowed to challenge the testimony of a witness regarding the length of the chokehold.

Photo: Suffolk Police

 

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