A Westchester County Grand Jury will be convened soon to determine whether there is enough evidence to indict former New Rochelle Police officer James Pileggi on a second degree manslaughter charge. The facts are both shocking and particularly tragic. It is alleged that on November 3rd, Officer Pileggi was demonstrating the laser function of his 9 mm Glock to a boyhood friend, Andre Everett, when the gun accidentally discharged, and Everett died later that night at Sound Shore Hospital at the age of 27.
Pileggi waived his right to a felony hearing, and his attorney has indicated that Mr. Pileggi may testify at the grand jury, which is always a risky decision, and an opportunity that many defendants forego, in the hope that the prosecution will fail to convince the grand jury to indict.
New York Second degree manslaughter is a Class C Felony under the New York State Penal Law, and carries with it a potential jail term of up to 15 years. Pileggi is free on $50,000 bail, and has resigned from his position with the Eastchester Police Department, where he was employed for 2 years.
Apparently, a New York City lawyer has filed a notice of claim against the Eastchester Police Department and Mr. Pileggi, alleging wrongful death, which is the first step in commencing a civil lawsuit.
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