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DA Vance announced the sentencing of Edward Franco to 1-to-3 years in state prison and Calvin Norwood to 2-to-6 years in state prison for engaging in a scheme to fraudulently sell residential homes in New York City, without the knowledge of the legitimate property owners. On March 7, 2017, Franco pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including Attempted Grand Larceny in the First Degree and Identity Theft in the First Degree. On the same date, Norwood pleaded guilty to Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Second Degree and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree. 

DA Vance announced the indictment of James Jackson for fatally stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman on March 20, 2017. Jackson is charged in New York State Supreme Court with one count each of Murder in the First and Second Degrees as an Act of Terrorism, Murder in the Second Degree as a Hate Crime, as well as three counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon.

DA Vance and New York City Council Member Mark Levine hosted a community forum last night in Manhattan Valley to address the recent uptick in reports of hate and bias crimes. The forum, held at Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School on West 102nd Street, welcomed more than 130 local residents and community members. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Public Advocate Leticia James also attended and addressed the audience.

On the first day of the new Congress, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act was introduced in the House, and in February a similar bill was introduced in the Senate. The legislation requires New York state and New York City to honor concealed-carry firearms permits issued in other states. This would be a dangerous and unwarranted interference with state and city laws, undermining public safety in some of America’s most celebrated neighborhoods and tourist attractions.

The legislation makes any permit to carry concealed weapons valid in New York City, regardless of where it was issued. This would supersede New York’s restrictive permitting policies. That’s a shame, because those policies have been a major contributor to the city’s historic reduction of gun crime in the past quarter-century, and many other states have extremely lax controls in place.

DA Vance today announced the launch of “Too New York to Hate,” an awareness campaign aimed at encouraging victims and witnesses of potential hate crimes to report such incidents to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Hate Crimes Unit. District Attorney Vance will introduce the new campaign tonight at a community forum on hate crimes hosted with New York City Council Members Mark Levine, Helen Rosenthal, and Bill Perkins at West Side High School on West 102nd Street.