DA: Oddone Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter, First Degree, In Death of Hampton Bays Man

The case, during which Hampton Bays man Andrew Reister lost his life, made headlines. Oddone will not serve any additional jail time.

Anthony Oddone, whose manslaughter conviction after a seven-week jury trial in 2010 was overturned earlier this year, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the charge of manslaughter in the first degree, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

Oddone, Spota said, admitted he "intended to cause serious physical injury and caused the death of Andrew Reister of Hampton Bays by compressing his neck during a violent confrontation in a Southampton bar."

Spota said while the office was confident of earning another conviction, the victim’s family wanted to be spared the trauma of a second jury trial, and their wishes were the primary factor in the decision to accept Oddone’s guilty plea, he added.

In overturning the conviction, the Court of Appeals ruled that Oddone’s attorney should have been allowed to challenge the recollection of a witness regarding the length of the chokehold, Spota said.

Oddone will be sentenced to five years,  four months in prison — time he has already served in an upstate prison — and five years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced on March 19 at 2:30 p.m. in Riverhead. 

Oddone, 31, waived his right to appeal his criminal conviction.

He is free in lieu of $500,000 cash bail. 

Reister, 40, was formally declared brain dead on August 9, 2008, two days after the fight, Spota said.

In December, two days before Christmas, Oddone was released from jail for the first time since 2008 when supporters of the 31-year-old man, whose conviction in Reister's death after a fight at a Southampton Village bar in 2008 was overturned, posted $500,000 cash bail to free him after five years and four months in custody. Judge C. Randall Hinrichs agreed to the bail, while prosecutors seek another indictment in order to retry him.  

"Thank you so much," Oddone said to his mother as they hugged. His supporters clapped and cheered. "I love you, Mom." 

"I'm just very grateful to be with my friends and family and loved ones who supported me through this whole thing," he told reporters. 

In a 7-0 ruling issued on Dec. 12, the New York State Court of Appeals tossed Oddone's conviction and subsequent 17-year sentence.

The court found that evidentiary rulings that Hinrichs made not permitting the defense to refresh a witness's recollection with a statement the witness had previously given about how long the headlock lasted was improper. 

Gabe Gonsalves February 20, 2014 at 01:26 PM
kill another person and all you get is a slap on the wrist...wow
Darren Gengarelly Sr. February 20, 2014 at 01:44 PM
This is a result of a half assed judge doing a half assed job. Imagine if judges were held to the standards of say …a K-MART employee. Oddone admits he intended harm and for that he gets to go home? WTF? Save the greater than thou excuses. The judicial system is broken. Talk about the fox guarding the henhouse………..
Susan D February 20, 2014 at 04:02 PM
The judicial system is very broken. Anthony can go hug his mom, and continue on. The Reister family will never be the same.
Caroline Cafiso-Dunning February 20, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Just aweful. Should be out away for life.
Walter S February 20, 2014 at 07:10 PM
Wow, this is unbelievable. Murder, manslaughter, intentional and only 5.5 years. Shows you what the value of a human life is worth in the eyes of these judges. Meanwhile if you're a non-violent drug addict, only hurting yourself and you get 7 or more years. Our society is beyond hope.
Don E February 20, 2014 at 09:50 PM
I'm a true believer " What goes around Comes around " He'll get what he deserves. When he dies , he'll have to answer to God.
craig February 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM
"He is free in lieu of $500,000 cash bail." he would be sent to jail in lieu. if he is free, it's on the bail. oh lisa...
Connie Schneider February 21, 2014 at 12:37 PM
The man has never shown any remorse. Let his salary be garnished to support that family. What a broken justice system we have.
Grace February 21, 2014 at 01:59 PM
This sad. How long of a choke hold is needed to kill somebody? Well it's obvious that the guy died! And who's going to be next? Oh and someone convicted of larceny gets a 4-12 year sentence. Really? Is this type of justice coming from the judge or lawyers making deals? Or both. Things need to change!
ARCH STANTON March 01, 2014 at 11:36 PM
Sal Anthony March 07, 2014 at 11:28 PM
What a loser


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