YONKERS, N.Y. – The off-duty New York City Police Officer from Yonkers who was charged with shooting a pair of New Rochelle residents near Pelham last year, pled guilty to his entire five-charge indictment on Tuesday.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Brendan Cronin , 27, pled guilty to a pair of felony counts for attempted murder and assault in the first degree.
On April 29 last year, Cronin spent the day at in-service training at the New York Police Department’s Firearms and Tactics Section at Rodman’s Neck in the Bronx. Shortly before midnight, while he was parked near the intersection of Sixth and Lincoln Avenue in Pelham, Cronin approached a vehicle occupied by two New Rochelle residents, when he opened fire on the passenger’s side with a 9mm automatic handgun, hitting his victims multiple times.
One victim suffered six gunshot wounds, suffering serious physical injuries that required multiple painful surgeries. The victims were struck in their backs, shoulders, arms and chests. He proceeded to flee from the scene, when he was stopped a few blocks away and arrested by the Pelham police.
When he was apprehended, it was determined that Cronin was operating his vehicle drunk, and he was subsequently charged with a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated.
Cronin is expected to surrender on Tuesday, Sept. 29 and his bail was continued at $150,000 He is scheduled to be sentenced to a maximum of 25 years in prison on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Assistant District Attorney Timothy Ward of the Superior Court Trial Division was the attorney tasked with prosecuting the case.
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