A Farmingdale man on probation for causing the deaths of five teenagers in a 2014 street-race wreck may spend additional time behind bars for allegedly violating the terms of his release.
Cory Gloe, 20, appeared Thursday before Acting State Supreme Court Justice Terence Murphy in Mineola and denied the allegations contained in the violation of probation filed by Nassau County Probation Department.
It’s not known what Gloe did or failed to do that his probation officer deemed was in violation of his probation. Details were not outlined in open court and documents the probation department filed with the court can’t be viewed by members of the public because Murphy granted Gloe youthful-offender status, which means Gloe’s criminal records are sealed.
The teens’ relatives, who were court to witness the brief proceeding, said later they want the judge to send Gloe to prison for as long as the law permits.
“We live with the consequences of his actions every single day,” said Celeste Tziamihas, 32, the sister Noah Francis, 15, one of the teens who died in the collision. “And, it’s about time he starts living with the consequences of his actions.”
The crash that killed the five teenagers occurred May 10, 2014, prosecutors had said, after Gloe goaded Tristan Reichle, 17, into a nighttime street race at Route 110 and Conklin Street. Reichle lost control of his car and crashed into a sport utility vehicle in oncoming traffic. The collision killed everyone in Reichle’s 2001 Nissan Sentra and seriously injured the SUV’s two occupants.
In March Gloe pleaded guilty to all 17 charges against him, including five counts of manslaughter in the deaths of Reichle, Francis, Carly Lonnborg, 14, Cody Talanian, 17, and Jesse Romero, 18. Murphy, who presided over the drag-racing case, in May sentenced Gloe to 6 months in jail and 5 years of probation, and the judge told Gloe that if he violated probation he would face up to 4 years in prison. Gloe was released in July after he served about 4 months, or two-thirds of his sentence.
Relatives of the five dead teens — who had criticized Murphy for handing out what they said was a lenient punishment — said Gloe has squandered the compassion the court has shown him. Time and again, they said, Gloe ignored Murphy’s order to not run afoul of the law, and was not held accountable by the judge.
A week after Gloe pleaded guilty and before he was sentenced in the drag-racing deaths, he was arrested and charged with a felony after police found a gravity knife in a car in which Gloe was riding. That charge was dismissed after prosecutor Stephanie Dellinger said the car’s driver said he owned the knife.
The day Gloe pleaded guilty in the drag-racing case, he posted on Instagram a selfie he took outside the Nassau County Court with two law enforcement officers in the background and a caption that uses an expletive to describe the police.
Despite these infractions, Murphy did not impose a harsher punishment
But the Gloe did not steer clear of trouble. On Oct. 12, he was arrested for firing a shotgun in the air outside of his house. Police said at one point Gloe discharged his weapon near a 3-year-old neighbor. No one was injured. The incident drew criticism from Nassau County acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, who called the acts “gross, reckless conduct” that could have had “dire consequences.”
The arrest would violate a condition of Gloe’s probation, but it’s not known if that is the case.
Krumpter joined the relatives of the dead teens in calling on the judge not to coddle Gloe.
“He’s not going to rehabilitate,” said Tristan’s mother, Alejandra Reichle, 51, of Farmingdale. “He’s just going to keep breaking the law. He’s going to keep doing things and maybe one of these days it’ll be one of the other people’s children that died or get hurt,”.