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State's highest court won't hear manslaughter appeal

The state's highest court has refused to hear John White's appeal of his second-degree manslaughter conviction for fatally shooting a Selden teenager outside White's Miller Place home.

With his appeals apparently exhausted, White, 56, may be back in court as early as next week, said a spokeswoman for the Suffolk County district attorney's office. At that time, County Court Judge Barbara Kahn could order him to prison to begin serving his 2- to 4-year sentence for the 2006 death of Daniel Cicciaro Jr., 17.

White has been free on $200,000 bail during the appeals process.

Associate Judge Victoria A. Graffeo of the state Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied White's request to have his case reviewed by the court.

In a one-paragraph statement, Graffeo wrote, "There is no question of law presented which ought to be reviewed by the Court of Appeals"

White's attorney, Frederick Brewington of Hempstead, said Wednesday he was "evaluating our additional options."

"We are disappointed that the Court of Appeals would not hear this case, especially in light of the compelling facts and the relevant law that we feel is so compelling," Brewington said.

At White's home Wednesday, his wife said the family had no comment.

Daniel Cicciaro Sr. of Selden, the father of the slain teenager, said, "Our family and friends are pleased to see that finally justice is being applied to John White for his multiple felony convictions after his numerous appeals have not been upheld by our entire New York State court system."

In the racially fraught case, White, who is black, was convicted in December 2007 for fatally shooting Cicciaro, who was white, during a late-night confrontation in August 2006 outside White's home. Cicciaro and his friends had gone there to confront White's son, Aaron, whom they mistakenly believed had threatened to rape a girl at a party.

In March 2008, Kahn sentenced White to serve 2 to 4 years in prison.

In May, a state appeals court refused to throw out White's conviction, rejecting his claim that he shot Daniel Cicciaro Jr. in self-defense.

With Alfonso A. Castillo

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