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DA Vance announced the indictment of James Dixon for punching Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old transgender female, in the head following an argument in August 2013. The victim died from her injuries several days later. The defendant is charged in an indictment in New York State Supreme Court with one count each of Manslaughter in the First and Second Degrees, and Assault in the First Degree.

DA Vance announced the trial conviction of Richard Hovan, a former high school teacher in the Bronx, for the statutory rape of a 16-year-old student in April and May 2011. A New York State Supreme Court jury found Hovan guilty of all of the charges in the indictment against him: five counts of Rape in the Third Degree, three counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree, and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He is expected to be sentenced on March 24, 2015.

DA Vance announced the indictments of Steven Hernandez for engaging in schemes to defraud financing companies and Manhattan businesses to steal copy machine lease agreement proceeds by negotiating fraudulent and fictitious office equipment leases and falsifying supporting documents, as well as Johanna Dionicio and Macallister Wells, for working with Hernaandez -- and independently -- to steal proceeds from fictitious lease agreements. Hernandez is charged in an indictment in New York State Supreme Court with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second and Third Degrees, Identity Theft in the First Degree, and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree. Dionicio and Wells are charged in a separate indictment in New York State Supreme Court with two counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree for assisting Hernandez with the thefts from the leasing companies, as well as a third count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree for a separate incident.

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Thomas Hoey to 1 ⅓-to-4 years in state prison for assaulting his girlfriend in their Upper East Side apartment building, and tampering with evidence of his crime. On May 21, 2014, a New York State Supreme Court jury convicted Hoey of both charges in the indictment against him: Tampering with Physical Evidence and Assault in the Third Degree. 

DA Vance announced the indictment of Edward Rodriguez Guzman for assaulting and attempting to rape a 31-year-old woman in her West Harlem apartment in March 2014. Guzman is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with one count each of Burglary in the First Degree as a Sexually Motivated Felony, Burglary in the First Degree, Attempted Rape in the First Degree, and Robbery in the Second Degree.