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Woman who hid guns at Holtsville home gets 6 years

Leah Reynolds was sentenced on Thursday, Jan. 14,

Leah Reynolds was sentenced on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 to six years in prison for hiding guns at her mother's Holtsville home. Photo Credit: Handout

The girlfriend of a Queens drug dealer was sentenced Thursday to 6 years in prison for hiding guns at her mother's Holtsville home after her boyfriend killed and dismembered two men in a drug dispute.

Prosecutors said Leah Reynolds, 24, provided the gun that her boyfriend, Darren Lynch, used in the July 2008, murders of Joseph Odierno, 35, of Miller Place, and Jairo Santos, 22, of Washington Heights, at the apartment she and Lynch shared in Middle Village, Queens.

Reynolds then hid the weapon and two other guns at her mother's house, prosecutors said. She pleaded guilty last year to first-degree hindering prosecution and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon for her role in the murders.

"She truly is a diabolical individual," Assistant District Attorney John Scott Prudenti said in court before Reynolds was sentenced by state Supreme Court Judge Robert Doyle.

Odierno's mother, Odette Odierno, said outside court that she was "thrilled" with the sentence.

"Was she an accomplice?" she said in court. "In my mind, without a doubt, yes."

Reynolds spoke in court before she was sentenced, but her words were inaudible to the gallery. Her attorney, William Wexler of North Babylon, could not be reached for comment.

Lynch, 29, and James Wall, 30, of Coram, were convicted in November of murder and kidnapping. During their trial, Lynch testified he shot the victims and chopped up their bodies at the Middle Village apartment, then buried the body parts at his parents' home in Coram and in a nearby sump.

Lynch was sentenced in December to life in prison without parole. Wall was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison.

Reynolds did not testify at Lynch's and Wall's trial.

Prosecutors said Reynolds delivered guns, bulletproof vests and duct tape to Lynch and Wall when they arrived in Middle Village on July 16, 2008, with Odierno and Santos and a third man, Ricardo McKoy.

Lynch testified he was angry at the three men after he paid $30,000 for what he believed was bogus cocaine. Before Odierno and Santos were killed, McKoy escaped while the men were in Washington Heights searching for the people who originally sold the drugs.

Reynolds has been indicted by a Queens grand jury on 24 counts of drug and weapons possession, court records show. She is scheduled to face those charges on Jan. 29 in state Supreme Court in Queens.

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