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Brewster Man, Ex-NYPD Cop, Faces Sentencing After Punching Disabled Man

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
According to the Putnam County District Attorney's Office, Mario Zeoli, 50, of Brewster, has been convicted after punching a quadriplegic man.

Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy said that Zeoli, a retired New York City Police Department officer, was found guilty of menacing in the second degree and harassment.

The incident took place in August 2012 at a local gas station. The victim asked Zeoli to turn down his loud music which, according to police reports, angered Zeoli. Both men are veterans of the NYPD, but did not know each other. The victim, a quadriplegic, uses hand controls to operate his vehicle, and was talking on his phone when the incident began.

After the victim asked Zeoli a second time to turn his music down, the two began verbally arguing. Zeoli approached the victim’s vehicle and showed his .38 caliber handgun. Authorities state Zeoli punched the victim several times, causing bruising on his face and left arm, and a laceration above his eye. 

The incident was captured on the gas station surveillance cameras.

Zeoli's trial was in Southeast Town Court on May 13. He faces sentencing on July 22.  


smellyp@nts July 08, 2014 at 05:51 PM
At this point in its death throes, Patch struggles even to post a coherent and accurate headline. Without the second comma to complete the dependent clause, it reads as if the "Brewster Man" and "Ex-NYPD Cop" are two different people. The wrong word choice of "After" further implies the incident just happened, when it was two years ago. It should read, "Brewster Man, Ex-NYPD Cop, Faces Sentencing for Punching Disabled Man" but what's the use... good editors are not hard to find, but they do like to be paid.

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