Romano & Kuan gets Client Time Served after Conviction Reversed
By SHAYNA JACOBS
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | JUN 26, 2014
A con man who tried to steal a $30,000 engagement ring after responding to a Craigslist ad pleaded guilty to attempted robbery Thursday.
Gerald DeGerolamo had previously been convicted in the 2009 case but was granted a new trial on appeal in April because the judge allowed improper testimony.
Victim David Cushman had put the ring up for sale on Craigslist and met with DeGerolamo in the lobby of a West Village building. DeGerolamo tried to rob him and make off with the jilted groom’s ring, but the victim fought back, knocking DeGerolamo to the ground and holding him there until police came.
Instead of re-trying the case, the 70-year-old crook cut a deal that got him released on what amounts to time served. In exchange for his plea he’ll get three years in jail when he’s formally sentenced on July 31.
He was previously sentenced in 2011 to five and a half years in prison.
He walked out of Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday because he has enough jail time credited.
“This is a good disposition …I think he’s going to put this behind him,” his attorney Julia Kuan said.