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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and family members place (Credit: Faye Murman)

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and family members place the coffin of Mary Richardson Kennedy into a hearse following her funeral at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Bedford. She committed suicide at her Bedford estate. (May 19, 2012)

Hudson Valley's 10 most shocking stories of 2012

From high-profile convictions involving Hudson Valley politicos, to a fire that killed nearly an entire Putnam County family, to the continuing tribulations of the region's most famous clan, 2012 was an eventful year. Below, Newsday Westchester recaps the most captivating criminal cases and investigations of consequence.

Nicholas Spano heads to federal court in White
(Credit: Susan Stava)

Nicholas Spano heads to federal court in White Plains for his sentencing on tax evasion charges. (June 18, 2012)

Edward Sapone walks out of federal court with
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Edward Sapone walks out of federal court with his client Sandy Annabi after she was sentenced in federal court in Manhattan to six years in prison in a bribery case. (Nov. 19, 2012)

Zehy Jereis leaves federal court in Manhattan after
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Zehy Jereis leaves federal court in Manhattan after he was sentenced to four years in prison in a bribery case involving him and his cousin, former Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi. (Nov. 19, 2012)

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A memorial is placed outside the wreckage of
(Credit: Lee Higgins)

A memorial is placed outside the wreckage of the Sullivan family home in Carmel, which burned down in early May. Killed were Larchmont Police Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force; his wife, Donna, 47; and their daughters Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. His son, Tommy Jr., was the only survivor. (May 3, 2012)

Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.'s son, Kenneth Jr., and niece
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.'s son, Kenneth Jr., and niece Diane Stewart, march in White Plains, calling for a federal review of their case against the city and its police in the fatal shooting of the ex-Marine during a Nov. 19, 2011, standoff. (May 26, 2012)

Herve Gilles' brother Valner Romain, left, and stepsister
(Credit: Susan Stava)

Herve Gilles' brother Valner Romain, left, and stepsister Marie Elias, right, address the media with their attorney Sanford Rubenstein, center, outside the courthouse in New City after hearing that a grand jury in Rockland County refused to indict a Spring Valley police officer in the December 2011 shooting death of Gilles. (May 8, 2012)

Douglas Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy Sr.,
(Credit: John Meore)

Douglas Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy Sr., and flanked by his wife, Molly, right, and sister Kathleen, left, walks back to the Mount Kisco Court House after their lunch break. He eventually was acquitted of assaulting two nurses at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco while trying to take his newborn baby out of the hospital for some fresh air. (Oct. 22, 2012)

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and family members place
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and family members place the coffin of Mary Richardson Kennedy into a hearse following her funeral at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Bedford. She committed suicide at her Bedford estate. (May 19, 2012)

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Kerry Kennedy, with sister Rory and brother Christopher,
(Credit: John Meore)

Kerry Kennedy, with sister Rory and brother Christopher, exits the North Castle courthouse after pleading not guilty to DUI charges against her from a traffic incident four days earlier. (July 17, 2012)

The casket of Tammy Palmer, 39, is carried
(Credit: John Meore)

The casket of Tammy Palmer, 39, is carried out of St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church in Garnerville after the funeral Mass. The mother of two was shot to death, allegedly by her father-in-law, 73-year-old Eugene Palmer of Haverstraw. He remains at large. (Sept. 29, 2012)

Emotionally distraught parents and family members of the
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Emotionally distraught parents and family members of the teens sentenced in the Chestnut Ridge rape and sexual abuse case leave court after sentencing at the Rockland County Courthouse. A judge sentenced four teenage boys to a minimum of 18 months in a juvenile sex offender facility for raping a 14-year-old Ramapo girl and sexually assaulting her 12-year-old sister in June. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Timothy Reish's two sons help carry the casket
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Timothy Reish's two sons help carry the casket of their half brother, murdered 4-year-old Jason Reish, out of the Scarborough Presbyterian Church in Briarcliff Manor after his funeral service. His mother, Manuela Morgado, has been charged in his slaying. (Oct. 5, 2012)

In December, Mount Vernon police captured Lucius Crawford,
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

In December, Mount Vernon police captured Lucius Crawford, an alleged serial killer who might have been the scariest criminal to emerge in the Hudson Valley in 2012. Crawford admitted to stabbing a woman to death in Mount Vernon, though his mental health could cast doubt on his confession. He also confessed to killing two Yonkers women in the early 1990s and, nearly 40 years ago, went on a rampage and stabbed five women in South Carolina.

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