Republicans are still expected to try ousting Democratic State Senator Kevin Parker of Brooklyn, but at least he avoids jail time. Today, he was sentenced to three years probation for assaulting a New York Post photographer back in May 2009. The DA who tried the case, Dan Donovan of Staten Island, “applaud[ed]” the decision.
The judge fined Parker more than $1,600 and noted, “He has a history of threatening physical violence, as well as bullying and assaulting members of his staff, members of the Senate, and others with whom he has come into contact.”
Update: A spokesman for Donovan sent a new statement, saying “I respect [the judge's decision,] but I believe the sentence we recommended would have been appropriate.”
The official announcement:
Richmond County District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. today announced that Brooklyn Kings County State Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog sentenced State Senator Kevin Parker to three years of probation for his reckless behavior during a dispute with a New York Post photographer.
Parker, who represents the senate’s 21st district in Brooklyn, was convicted at trial by a jury in Kings County Supreme Court of two counts of Criminal Mischief, Class A misdemeanors, on Dec. 7, 2010. The conviction refers to damage the defendant caused to the Post photographer’s camera and automobile after Parker confronted the photographer outside his home on Avenue H in Brooklyn on May, 9 2009.
“I applaud the decision of Justice Firetog to hold Kevin Parker accountable for his actions. No one, particularly a person entrusted by voters to represent them in the state legislature, should behave the way the defendant did during this incident,” said D.A. Donovan.
D.A. Donovan assumed the prosecution after Parker was indicted by a Kings County Grand Jury, assigning the case to Assistant District Attorney Kathleen DiGiovanni, Head of the Career Criminals Unit.
In a sentence memorandum, ADA DiGiovianni noted the defendant showed no remorse for his actions and asked the judge to consider the defendant’s history of abusive behavior.
“He has a history of threatening physical violence, as well as bullying and assaulting members of his staff, members of the Senate, and others with whom he has come into contact,” she wrote.
As part of the sentence, Justice Firetog ordered the defendant to pay $672 in restitution to the Post, for damage to the camera and a $1,000 fine. The judge also ordered the defendant undergo anger management counseling and issued an order of protection for the photographer, which requires the defendant avoid any contact with him.