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DA Vance today announced the indictments of Sasha Cordoba and Kevin Desmoreau, both 33, for making false statements about a 2014 arrest in Washington Heights in court documents and in court proceedings, and for conducting an illegal search in relation to the arrest. The defendants are charged in New York State Supreme Court with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree and Official Misconduct. CORDOBA is additionally charged with Perjury in the First Degree and Making a Punishable False Written Statement.

“[...] I commend the Speaker for her commitment to reduce incarceration and collateral consequences for New Yorkers who commit low-level violations and infractions. With today’s announcement, she has carried over the finish line what my Office proposed in 2014, when Manhattan prosecutors sat down with our partners in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, New York State Office of Court Administration, and NYPD to float the idea of dismissing open summons warrants older than ten years. We are here today thanks to the Speaker’s dedication to seeing this through."

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Darnelle Watts, a former after-school aide who worked with a Harlem school's choir, to 20-years-to-life in state prison for sexually assaulting two of his students. On January 23, 2017, a New York State Supreme Court jury found Watts guilty of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child, Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. 

As prosecutors, our business is public safety. And our experience at the helm of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence – a bipartisan coalition advancing prosecutorial and policy solutions to the crisis of gun violence in our cities and towns — informs us that people with serious mental illness should not have unfettered access to guns.

DA Vance today announced the indictment of Rysheim Smith, 42, for the murder of six-year-old Zymere Perkins. Smith is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Murder in the Second Degree, Manslaughter in the First and Second Degrees, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He is also charged with endangering the welfare of a second child on August 31, 2015, by causing an incident that left the child unattended.