Ex-Eastchester cop found guilty of manslaughter
A jury has found former Eastchester police officer James Pileggi guilty of manslaughter in the death of his friend.
The prosecution succesfully argued that Pelggi was inside a car and showing off a Glock 29mm pistol when the gun discharged. Everett was outside the car and was struck in the neck. Everett was taken to Sound Shore Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
"This defendant was a police officer who has worked in two Westchester County police departments and had repeated training in the use of his firearm," said District Attorney Janet DiFiore following the jury's verdict. "For former police officer Pileggi to claim that the shooting of his freind was an accident and not a conscious disregard for due care and safety is absurd and simply a ploy to avoid accountability for his reckless actions, actions for which this jury found him responsible."
Pileggi is now facing 15 years behind bars. Sentencing is set for Jan. 17. The defendant was remanded to the county jail.Former cop indicted in shooting death