Police have identified the man whose body parts were found recently in wooded areas on Long Island as Malcolm C. Brown, nearly two weeks after identifying the female victim. Credit: Newsday

Suffolk police on Friday identified the man whose body parts were found recently in parks and a wooded area on Long Island as Yonkers resident Malcolm Craig Brown, who according to family members, is the cousin of one of the four people charged in connection with the shocking crime.

Brown, 53, whose last known address  was in Yonkers, has been identified as the man whose body parts were located on Feb. 29 and March 5, the police said in a news release.

Brown’s family said in a recent interview, after learning of his death and the discovery of his body parts, that Brown’s cousin Steven Brown is one of four people charged.

Brown’s sister Coreen Bullock, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, said, “We just want justice for our brother … This is such a heinous crime, you know. Again, our mothers, our families, everybody is up in arms over this.”

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Suffolk police on Friday identified the man whose body parts were found recently in parks and a wooded area on Long Island as Yonkers resident Malcolm Craig Brown.
  • Brown's body parts were located on Feb. 29 and March 5, police said. He was 53 years old.
  • Brown and Donna R. Conneely, 59, lived together. Their bodies parts were found in a park in Babylon, Bethpage State Park and a wooded area in West Babylon.

Malcolm Brown and Donna R. Conneely, 59, who lived together in Yonkers, were identified by authorities as the victims whose remains were found on Feb. 29 and March 5 in a park in Babylon, Bethpage State Park and a wooded area in West Babylon.

No one has been charged in connection with the deaths.

Charles Williams, Malcolm Brown's older brother, said he lives in California and had not seen his brother in about seven years.

Bullock said her brother and their cousin were “running buddies.” 

Charged in connection with the crime is Steven Brown, 44, Jeffrey Mackey, 38, Amanda Wallace, 40, all of Amityville, and Alexis Nieves, 33, who police said is homeless but had been living with the trio. Mackey and Nieves are dating, said Mackey’s attorney, John Halverson. Wallace’s attorney, Keith O’Halloran, confirmed that his client and Steven Brown are in a relationship.

All four defendants have pleaded not guilty to felony counts of first-degree hindering prosecution, concealment of a human corpse, and tampering with physical evidence by concealing or destroying.

They were each released without bail, sparking an outcry from Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney, who had blamed the state’s controversial bail reform for the four defendants’ release from police custody after they were arraigned. Gov. Kathy Hochul questioned why the district attorney’s office didn’t file higher-level felony charges  that would have been bail-eligible.

The defendants were ordered to wear electronic monitoring devices. Wallace was recently rearrested on a shoplifting case and was remanded to jail.

Wallace was scheduled to appear Friday morning in Suffolk County District Court, but the hearing was adjourned until April 11. She was arrested on March 15 on a petit larceny charge, according to authorities. Police were called by an employee of a Lindenhurst CVS store at about 10:50 that night, and she was arrested a short time later, authorities said.

Wallace admitted to a police officer that she stole items, according to misdemeanor information filed in Suffolk District Court. Wallace's attorney, O'Halloran, entered a not guilty plea on the petit larceny charge. 

Malcolm Brown’s  relatives said they are upset that the defendants had been released without bail. 

Steven Brown has a criminal record dating back to 2001, according to New York State prison records. Then living on Rita Drive in Mount Sinai, he pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and was sentenced to 560 hours of community service. He then got 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to petty larceny in 2003.

That same year, he was arrested by the NYPD and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to 21 hours of community service and a $500 fine.

In 2007, while living in the Bronx, he was arrested by Suffolk police and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four months in jail and a $500 fine.

Malcolm Brown’s family members declined to provide details about his work or career, but public records show he had a criminal record, according to New York State prison records. He was sentenced to nine years in prison after his 1989 arrest on robbery charges in Westchester County. He pleaded guilty to attempted robbery in that case. More than a decade later, when he had a Pittsburgh address, he pleaded guilty to attempted murder in Westchester in connection with an incident in 2000. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Suffolk prosecutors allege that between Feb. 27 at 10:53 a.m. and March 4 at 4:08 a.m., the four defendants removed from their shared Railroad Avenue home in Amityville “sharp instruments, multiple body parts and other related items and dispose[d] of them to conceal the crime of murder in the second degree.”

The documents said the defendants “did conceal, alter and destroy human body parts” and the “dismembered body parts were removed” from the home and were “concealed at multiple known locations.”

Suffolk prosecutor Frank Schroeder said at the defendants’ arraignments that authorities have significant evidence against the four defendants, including human remains, meat cleavers, butcher knives, significant amounts of blood and video surveillance.

“He was our baby brother,” Bullock said.

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