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DA Vance announced the guilty plea of David Elias for fatally stabbing his mother, slashing his brother, and setting a fire inside the victims’ apartment. The defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Murder, Arson, and Assault, all in the Second Degree. Elias is expected to be sentenced on May 8, 2015. 

“Loretta Lynch is one of the finest prosecutors in the country, and as U.S. Attorney General, I have no doubt that she will uphold the highest standards of fairness in the criminal justice system. Her commitment to public safety has made her an invaluable partner to victims, communities, and law enforcement agencies throughout New York, and I congratulate her on this well-deserved appointment and confirmation.”

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., on behalf of the majority of members of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV), today announced their strong support for legislation that would require persons on terrorist watch lists to also be prohibited from purchasing firearms or explosives. “Prohibiting terrorists from purchasing firearms is exactly the kind of common-sense legislation prosecutors across the country have united to support,” said DA Vance. “We thank Senator Feinstein and Representative King for their work on this bipartisan bill that will protect public safety from coast to coast.”

A New York City jury has convicted a man on assault and weapons charges for stabbing a policeman in the head three years ago. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said Wednesday no officer should go through the horror Officer Eder Loor experienced on April 17, 2012. That's when prosecutors say Terrance Hale attacked Loor with a switchblade on an East Harlem street, fracturing his skull and piercing his brain.

DA Vance announced the trial conviction of Terrance Hale for stabbing New York City Police Officer Eder Loor in the head with a knife. The defendant was found guilty by a jury in New York State Supreme Court of Assault in the First Degree, Aggravated Assault Upon a Police Officer, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree. Hale is expected to be sentenced on May 4, 2015.