WHITE PLAINS, NY—On Thursday, July 10th, at 9:30 a.m., NYPD Officer Brendan Cronin was arraigned on charges of Attempted Murder before Judge Barbara Gunther Zambelli in Supreme Court, Westchester County, Courtroom 203, located at 111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., White Plains, N.Y. Cronin pleaded guilty. Cronin is the NYPD officer who fired fourteen bullets from his police issued weapon into a car stopped at a red light in Pelham, New York, on April 29th. The occupants of the car, driver Rob Borrelli and his friend Joe Felice, were on their way home from playing in a recreational league hockey game. Six of the fourteen bullets fired by Cronin struck Felice. Borrelli, who barely escaped being struck by any bullets, rushed his friend to a nearby hospital, saving his life.
Cronin had allegedly spent the day at an NYPD facility on City Island, undergoing advanced car stop training with fellow NYPD officers. It was reported that Cronin, along with fellow officers, including a sergeant, were drinking at a local bar during their lunch break as well as at the end of the day.
On July 1st, 2014, Felice and Borelli filed notices of claim against the City of New York totaling $90M.
Borelli and his attorneys, Randolph McLaughlin and Debra Cohen of Newman Ferrara LLP, and Howard Stolzenberg and Terrence Cortelli of Stolzenberg Cortelli LLP, attended the arraignment.