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State Senator Parker found guilty

State Senator Parker was found guilty of assaulting a NY Post photographer. (Azi Paybarah / wnyc)

From the District Attorney:

Richmond County District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. today announced that Brooklyn State Senator Kevin Parker has been convicted at trial by a jury in Kings County Supreme Court of 2 counts of Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree, Class A misdemeanors, punishable by up to one year in jail. The conviction refers to damage the defendant caused to a camera and automobile during an incident outside his home in May 2009. The prosecution was handled by the Richmond County District Attorney as a Special Prosecutor.

District Attorney Donovan stated, “My office assumed the prosecution of this matter after our colleagues in Brooklyn obtained a felony indictment against Kevin Parker. With the available evidence and witnesses we presented the strongest possible case to the jury. We respect the decision of the jury and thank them for their service to the justice system. I believe that this prosecution demonstrated that no one is above the law. Regardless of your status in society, even if you are a State Senator like Kevin Parker, we are all equal before the law.”

Kevin Parker was indicted by a Kings County Grand Jury following a May 8, 2009 incident in which he was alleged to have assaulted a photographer for the New York Post as well as damaged an automobile and camera belonging to the victim outside the defendant’s home. The jury acquitted the defendant of the felony charges of Assault in the 2nd Degree, Attempted Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree, and a misdemeanor charge of Assault in the 3rd Degree. The defendant faces a maximum of up to 7 years in prison if he was convicted of the top charge, Assault in the 2nd Degree, a Class D felony.

The defendant will be sentenced on January 11, 2011 by Kings County State Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog, who presided at trial. The case against Kevin Parker was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kathleen DiGiovanni, Head of the Career Criminals Unit, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Paul A. Capofari, Chief of the Supreme Court Bureau.