Ex-New York Police Officer Sentenced to Life for Executing Four Men

Ex-New York Police Officer Sentenced to Life

Ex-New York Police Officer Sentenced to Life

A former New York police officer sentenced to life: Nicholas Tartaglione, has been sentenced to four consecutive life sentences for the brutal execution of four men in 2016.

The Crime

Execution of Four Men

In 2016, Nicholas Tartaglione suspected Martin Luna of stealing $250,000 from him. He lured Luna into a trap and then strangled him with a zip tie. Tartaglione then executed Luna’s three companions, forcing them to kneel before shooting them in the back of the head.

Victims

The victims included:

  • Martin Luna: Tortured and strangled.
  • Urbano Santiago
  • Miguel Luna
  • Hector Gutierrez

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams described the murders as “brutal and senseless,” noting that the three additional victims were killed simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Conviction

In April 2023, a jury convicted Tartaglione on multiple charges:

  • 11 counts of murder
  • Four counts of kidnapping resulting in death
  • One count of kidnapping conspiracy
  • One count of narcotics conspiracy

Sentencing

On Monday, Tartaglione received four consecutive life sentences.

Appeals

Tartaglione’s attorney, Inga Parsons, has stated they will appeal the conviction, arguing that his legal counsel failed to challenge crucial evidence. A motion for a new trial was denied.

Ex-New York Police Officer Sentenced to Life: Background

Former Police Officer

Tartaglione was a former police officer in Briarcliff Manor, a village in Westchester County, about 20 miles north of New York City.

Drug Dealer

He was also involved in selling steroids in the Hudson Valley area and collaborated with individuals like Joseph Biggs and Gerard Benderoth in the kidnapping and killings.

Co-Conspirators

Joseph Biggs and Gerard Benderoth

  • Joseph Biggs: Pleaded guilty and was sentenced to over 16 years in prison.
  • Gerard Benderoth: Deceased.

Jason Sullivan and Marcos Cruz

  • Jason Sullivan: Sentenced to 10 years in prison.
  • Marcos Cruz: Sentenced to time already served.

Discovery of Bodies

An FBI task force discovered the bodies of the four victims on Tartaglione’s property in Otisville, New York, in December 2021, after their families reported their disappearance.

Source: NBC News

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