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  • Elderly Professor's Attacker Charged With Murder, DA Says

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    A man who killed an Upper West Side college professor during a robbery will face murder charges, prosecutors said.

    Matthew Lee, 50, was indicted Monday on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., announced. Lee is accused of killing 87-year-old Lehman College professor Young Kun Kim during a robbery at an Upper West Side bank, prosecutors said.

  • 3 NY prosecutors back changes to parole and probation system

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    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez and Albany County DA David Soares - all Democrats - have signed onto a statement published by Columbia University researchers that concludes a lack of funding and a focus on technical violations hurt the effectiveness of parole and probation.

    The paper says onerous fees and overly burdensome rules can backfire and make it harder for former inmates to re-enter society. The researchers recommend changes to shift the focus of parole from punishment to incentives.

  • Upper West Side 'Killer Nanny' Gets Life In Prison, DA Says

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    "Five years ago Yoselyn Ortega stole Leo and Lulu Krim from their parents, their siblings, and our Manhattan community. Leo and Lulu will never live the lives that laid ahead of them, and now their remorseless killer will live the rest of her life in prison," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., said in a statement.

  • Michael Shvo, Manhattan Real-Estate Developer and Art Collector, Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

    The Wall Street Journal

    A luxury Manhattan real-estate developer and art collector pleaded guilty to tax evasion Thursday in connection with his purchases of furniture, jewelry, art and a Ferrari.

    Developer Michael Shvo, once known as a brash, larger-than-life figure in the New York real-estate world, pleaded guilty to second- and third-degree criminal tax fraud in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Mr. Shvo is required to pay about $3.5 million in taxes and penalties.

  • Man Sentenced For Murdering Ex-Girlfriend In Inwood: DA

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    A man is facing life in prison for murdering his ex-girlfriend in front of her Inwood building on New Year's Eve, the Manhattan District Attorney's office announced.

    Jonnathan Pena-Castillo, 27, was sentenced to 21-years-to-life in prison Tuesday for the 2012 murder of Edith Rojas. Pena-Castillo had dated Rojas, who was 19 when she was killed, for one year and the two had split up months before the murder, prosecutors said.