DANBURY, Conn. - A Scarsdale man was found guilty of murder and other offenses Friday in connection with a Feb. 8, 2009, kidnapping and killing of a Bronx resident.
The federal jury agreed with the prosecution's contention that Andrew Zayac, 31, negotiated the purchase of 68 pounds of marijuana from Edward Rivera, 37, and arranged a meeting to complete the deal. At the meeting, Zayac snatched Rivera from the Bronx to rob him of the marijuana. Rivera was killed by two gun shots.
Zayac and a friend, Heriberto Gonzalez, 31, also from the Bronx, dumped Rivera's body in Danbury, Conn., and drove back to the Bronx to burn Zayac's car.
I want to commend the excellent work by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Danbury Police Department and the United States Marshals Service who investigated this matter and have helped to provide justice for the victims family and loved ones, said David B. Fein, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, in a statement.
Zayac was found guilty of one count of kidnapping resulting in death and one count of murder during the commission of a robbery, one count of interference with commerce through the use of violence, one count of possession with intent to sell, one count of conspiracy to use or possess a firearm, three counts of destruction or concealment of evidence and one count of conspiracy to destroy or conceal evidence.
The verdict stunned at least one Scarsdale resident Friday.
"That's unheard of in this area," Jeffrey Levenson said. "We don't talk about murder too much in Scarsdale."
The trial began on July 14 and the jury returned its verdict Friday afternoon.
Law enforcement officials searched Zayac's home on Feb. 28, 2009, and found nearly 60 pounds of marijuana and arrested him there. He has been detained since his arrest.
United States District Judge Janet C. Hall scheduled sentencing for Oct. 7. Zayac faces a mandatory life term of on the murder charge.
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