Feds: Rhamaad Spann was shooter in fatal '09 home invasion

Investigators at scene of home invasion turned deadly

Investigators at scene of home invasion turned deadly in Bohemia. (Dec. 14, 2009) (Credit: James Carbone)

A Brentwood man -- looking to rob a drug dealer -- was the gunman in the 2009 fatal shooting of a Bohemia man in the victim's home, a federal prosecutor said Friday.

Rhamaad Spann, 30, was one of two masked men who went to the Sycamore Street home of Steven Privitera on Dec. 14, 2009, to rob a marijuana dealer, prosecutors said. The dealer was also living there, according to Suffolk County police.

Spann ended up shooting Privitera, 53, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Boeckmann said at Spann's arraignment Friday in federal court in Central Islip.


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Spann, arrested Thursday by the FBI, appeared before Judge Leonard D. Wexler and entered a plea of not guilty. He was ordered held without bail and is scheduled to return to court Nov. 4.

Two others -- Elizabeth Baylock and John Moglia -- were charged under an earlier indictment; Spann was charged under a superseding indictment.

The grand jury superseding indictment charges them with robbery conspiracy, attempted robbery, discharging a firearm during crimes of violence and causing the death of Privitera through the use of a firearm.

Boeckmann told the court the violent act was a home invasion of a marijuana dealer and that the victim, who lived in the upstairs portion of the home, was shot and killed when he came down to intercede. Boeckmann also noted Spann's criminal history, which includes a gun conviction and a robbery youthful offender adjudication.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office did not immediately have ages or places of residence for either Baylock or Moglia.

Baylock and Moglia were arraigned earlier -- Baylock on Nov. 30, 2012, and Moglia Dec. 21, 2012. Each was jailed.

Both of them also pleaded not guilty, according to Eric Russo, courtroom deputy. Baylock and Moglia will be rearraigned under the superseding indictment at the Nov. 4 status conference.

Suffolk police said after Privitera's shooting that two armed masked men went to his home to rob another person living there. The superseding indictment said the three defendants conspired to rob a marijuana trafficker "whose identity is known to the grand jury."

The gunmen approached their victim, who was outside the home, shortly before 12:30 a.m. They demanded money and forced their target into the basement of the home, police said.

Privitera responded to the commotion and was shot after a struggle, police said.

"He interceded and died for his efforts," Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick told Newsday in a 2009 report of Privitera's death.

With Joan Gralla

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