Cory Gloe, the young driver who avoided prison after admitting responsibility in the Farmingdale drag-race deaths of five teenagers, has been arrested again and charged with firing a shotgun in the air, police said, and could be sentenced to up to 4 years in prison as early as next week for violating probation.
Gloe, 20, of Farmingdale, was arrested late Wednesday and ordered held on $100,000 bail, bond or cash, after firing a 12-gauge shotgun in the air outside his home — at one point near a 3-year-old neighbor, police said. No one was injured, but he was ordered to stay away from his neighbors. He’s due back in court Monday.
Nassau County acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter called the acts “gross, reckless conduct” that could have had “dire consequences.”
“In this particular case, I hope that the courts handle this as a serious crime and issue a serious sentence,” Krumpter said at a news conference. “This is not a defendant that should be coddled.”
Acting State Supreme Court Justice Terence Murphy, who presided over the drag-race case, earlier this year sentenced Gloe to 6 months in jail and five years probation — a penalty aimed at rehabilitation that some relatives of the victims decried as too lenient. He was released in July after serving about 4 months total.
Murphy stressed then that Gloe, who also was granted youthful-offender status that sealed his criminal record, would face up to 4 years in prison if he violated probation.
“I hope this is a wake-up call for that judge that this kid needs a serious punishment,” said Celeste Tziamihas, sister and legal guardian of victim Noah Francis, 15. “I just hope we get justice this time around.”
The victims of the 2014 Mother’s Day weekend crash — Francis; Carly Lonnborg, 14; Tristan Reichle, 17; Jesse Romero, 18; and Cody Talanian, 17 — friends who had attended Farmingdale High School, became known after the tragedy as the “Farmingdale Five.”
The judge is “aware of Mr. Gloe’s recent arrest,” courts spokesman Daniel Bagnuola said in a statement, adding that the judge has a “reputation for fairness and integrity.”
“The Court will consider Mr. Gloe’s present circumstance and take appropriate future action as necessary and warranted,” Bagnuola said. “If, after a hearing, the probationer is found to be in violation of the conditions of his probationary sentence, he will be subject to resentencing.”
Gloe was charged with two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of prohibited use of a weapon and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
At Gloe’s arraignment in Hempstead, Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Dellinger told First District Court Judge Scott H. Siller that Gloe “was given the gift of youthful offender status” on the previous case and officials have been alerted that he violated probation.
Dellinger asked for the $100,000 bail or bond, saying Gloe “has a legitimate reason to flee” given his probation violation. Siller agreed and also he issued a stay-away order, requested by prosecutors, to prevent Gloe from having any contact with his neighbors.
If Gloe is convicted on the top reckless charge, a D felony, he could face 2½ to 7 years in prison, Dellinger said.
Gloe’s Legal Aid Society attorney had argued that flight was not an issue because Gloe, who she said started working about a month ago at a Victoria’s Secret lingerie store, and his parents are of limited means.
“His parents couldn’t even afford an attorney” for Gloe’s arraignment, the Legal Aid Society lawyer said.
The attorney said that because there were other people in the backyard when the gun was fired, “we’re not sure who allegedly shot this gun.”
Defense attorney Stephen LaMagna of Garden City, who previously represented Gloe, declined to comment Thursday.
According to court papers, Gloe first fired a single round “straight up into the air” from a 12-gauge shotgun while in his backyard with another person on Tomes Avenue in Farmingdale at about 5 p.m. Then at about 9:30 p.m., Gloe fired “approximately three rounds” into the air while in the backyard with two others, court papers said.
When Gloe fired the first time, a 3-year-old girl was in the backyard of her Lyons Avenue home, which is adjacent to Gloe’s, and she “became afraid, causing her to start crying in fear,” according to the court papers.
No one answered the door at the homes of Gloe or the neighbor Thursday afternoon.
Officers who responded to Gloe’s home found Gloe and two friends, a man, 20, and a woman, 19, sitting in the backyard, where they also saw shotgun shells on the ground, police said.
The officers recovered the weapon from the woman’s car.
Sandra Lonnborg, mother of Carly, said she wants to see the judge “throw the book at him.” She described her emotions upon hearing about Gloe’s arrest as both disgust and sadness.
“He could have killed someone with a 12-gauge shotgun,” said Lonnborg, 49, of Farmingdale, who attended Gloe’s arraignment Thursday. “He was given too many chances.”
At Gloe’s May 20 sentencing in the drag-race case, the judge said a prison sentence would “do nothing to keep the victims’ memories alive,” and that Gloe would get a chance to share his story in the hope of keeping other teens from making the same mistake.
Gloe pledged to do so, saying he was haunted by flashbacks from the deadly crash.
“If I could go back and trade places with them, I would,” Gloe said at his sentencing, adding: “I pray for my friends and their families every day.”
Gloe could have faced up to 22 years in prison. But the judge stuck to his sentencing commitment from March 10 when Gloe pleaded guilty to a 17-count indictment that included five counts of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
Murphy did so despite Gloe’s March 15 arrest on a felony weapon count — a charge later dismissed at prosecutors’ request due to lack of proof — along with the discovery of Instagram posts mocking police and the justice system.
With Rachel Uda and Gary Dymski