DISTRICT ATTORNEY VANCE STATEMENT ON VERDICTS IN JOHN GALT CORP. TRIAL

Defendants SALVATORE DEPAOLA and JEFFREY MELOFCHIK were acquitted of charges relating to the deaths of Firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino during the August 18, 2007, fire at the former Deutsche Bank building located at 130 Liberty Street.

“We respect the jury’s verdict,” District Attorney Vance said. “Nothing can bring back these two brave firefighters, and our thoughts are with their families. We hope that this prosecution brought necessary attention to the importance of safety in the construction and demolition industries.”

The cases against MITCHEL ALVO and the JOHN GALT CORP. are still pending.

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