Putnam Man Found Guilty In Retrial Of 2008 New Year's Eve Murder Case

A Putnam County man granted a new trial after being found guilty of murder has been convicted a second time for the 2008 murder of lifelong Garrison resident John Marcinak, Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced Tuesday.

Anthony Grigoroff
Anthony Grigoroff Photo Credit: File photo

Anthony Grigoroff of a Lake Peekskill was granted a new trial nearly two years ago after an appellate court ruled that some of his statements to police were wrongly used as evidence against him.

He now faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 26.

The now 27-year-old Grigoroff had been convicted at age 19 in November 2010 for the 2008 New Year’s Eve murder Marcinak, a 49-year-old businessman, during a botched break-in.

“Once again, a Putnam County Jury heard all the evidence, carefully deliberated, and found Anthony Grigoroff guilty of murder," Tendy said.

The jury found Grigoroff guilty of murder in the second degree and two counts of attempted burglary in the second degree.

“We can only hope this conviction will bring justice for John and peace to his family and friends who were present throughout the trial," Tendy said.

The jury was comprised of six women and six men. The case was presided over by Judge. Edward McLoughlin.

Tendy, who was lead trial attorney, commended the “tireless efforts of his co-counsel, Assistant District Attorney Melissa Lynch, whose "commitment to the Marcinak family and desire to ensure that justice was served remained an unmistakable driving force throughout the trial.”

Tendy also praised current and retired members of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office for their assistance as well as DA Investigator Michael Benvie for his "tireless efforts during the prosecution of this case."

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