DISTRICT ATTORNEY VANCE ANNOUNCES SENTENCING OF FREDERICK GIUNTA IN WEST VILLAGE HATE CRIME CASE

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced the sentencing of FREDERICK GIUNTA to 3 1/2 years in state prison followed by five years of post-release supervision for committing an act of bias-related violence in the West Village. On February 15, 2011, GIUNTA pleaded guilty to all of the charges in his indictment, including Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree as a Hate Crime.

“Today’s sentencing serves as a reminder that there is no tolerance for bias-related violence,” District Attorney Vance said. “Our Office’s Hate Crimes Unit, formed a few months prior to the crime that led to today’s sentencing, will continue to support the diverse communities of New York by aggressively investigating and prosecuting hate-motivated offenses.”

According to documents filed in court, on October 11, 2010, GIUNTA struck a victim in the face while attempting to steal the victim’s wallet at Ty’s bar on Christopher Street. The victim sustained serious injuries and had to be treated at a hospital. Shortly thereafter, GIUNTA entered a second bar, Julius, on 159 West 10th Street and, after making several racist and anti-gay statements, struck a second victim in the face.

District Attorney Vance thanked Assistant District Attorney Anne Siegel, who prosecuted the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, Chief of the District Attorney’s Office’s Hate Crimes Unit.

Defendant Information:

FREDERICK GIUNTA, D.O.B. 08/22/1965
Staten Island, NY

Convicted:

* Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree, a class D felony, one count
* Assault in the Third Degree as a Hate Crime, a class E felony, one count

Sentenced:

* 3 1/2 years in prison
* 5 years post-release supervision

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