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Mon Nov 24, 2014, 12:29 PM

Help (Please)

In the past four weeks, I have had the support of a large number of the Good People from here, in the DU community. On October 27, in a case of “road rage,” John Guzy shot my cousin, Derek Prindle, and his son, Derek Dylan Prindle, in Bainbridge, NY. My cousin watched sin son bleed to death as he held him in his arms, waiting for an ambulance. Derek then underwent emergency surgery that saved his life.

Since that day, I’ve posted a series of OP about issues ranging from the legal process to the impact this tragic event has had on my extended family. I think that the fact that Mr. Guzy is a retired NYC cop, who had recently begun working as a part-time deputy for the Chenango County Sheriff’s Department, has made this case go from one family’s tragedy, to a part of a larger issue of concern for the public. The combination of being able to “vent” here, and having so many of you providing emotional support, has helped me to maintain my sanity -- or at least to remain as close to sane as I normally am.

Now, I have another favor to ask of you.

In these dark and dreary days, a number of people have said that if there is anything that they can do to help my family and I, they would be willing. So here goes:

On December 5, there is a hearing to be held in Chenango County Court, in which Mr. Guzy will be seeking to have bail set. The District Attorney is strongly opposed to bail being set. I had the opportunity to speak with the DA and the two lead detectives on this case yesterday, at a memorial service for Derek Dylan. One factor that the judge will take into account in deciding if bail is to be set will be if the public voices strong opposition to it.

Obviously, my family, friends, and neighbors will be writing letters to the court, opposing bail being set for Mr. Guzy. Students at our high school are taking up a petition, asking that bail not be set. And if people from across the country take the time to write a letter to the court, it improves our chances of keeping this violent thug exactly where he belongs -- behind bars.

I would very, very much appreciate it if people here would help with this. Such letters should focus on any one or all of the following three reasons to deny bail:

[1] The brutal nature of the crime: John Guzy murdered a 26-year old man, shot the father, and attempted to kill him execution-style while the father tried to administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to his son (Guzy placed his hand gun at the back of my cousin’s head, but the bullet lodged in the chamber);

[2] Mr. Guzy threatened to kill both of his victims, and clearly attempted to do so. My cousin and his family are afraid of him, and for good reason. People in the community, including the students at our school, are afraid of Mr. Guzy. This is not an unfounded fear, based upon their wondering what Guzy is capable of. We know exactly what he is fully capable of;

[3] Mr. Guzy poses a substantial flight risk. The District Attorney has a solid enough case, that it is extremely likely that Guzy will be convicted. He faces a life sentence. He has the resources that would allow him to take flight.

Letters can be sent to the District Attorney by way of mail; by fax, or by e-mail. In cases such as this, those sent by “snail-mail” carry the most weight; faxed letters are next; and e-mails carry the least weight of the three. But all are important. (The judge does not read these communications before the hearing for bail, or similar letters before trial. Thus, they go to the DA, who absolutely does read them, and then provides the judge with an overview of the public opinion.)

Here are the addresses for sending a message to the court:

Joseph A. McBride, District Attorney
The Eaton Center
26 Conkey Avenue
Box 126, 2nd Floor
Norwich, NY 13815

Fax: 607-337-1746

E-mail: districtattorney@co.chenango.ny.us

Again, on behalf of myself and my family, I want to say that your support has been greatly appreciated.

Your friend,
Pat (H2O Man)

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H2O Man Nov 2014 OP
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niyad Nov 2014 #2
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JaneyVee Nov 2014 #5
madamvlb Nov 2014 #6
rhett o rick Nov 2014 #7
panader0 Nov 2014 #8
Nay Nov 2014 #9
Dustlawyer Nov 2014 #10
dilby Nov 2014 #11
H2O Man Nov 2014 #13
Hekate Nov 2014 #27
sabrina 1 Nov 2014 #12
roguevalley Nov 2014 #14
Android3.14 Nov 2014 #15
freshwest Nov 2014 #16
spanone Nov 2014 #17
Lucky Luciano Nov 2014 #18
Granny M Nov 2014 #19
BlancheSplanchnik Nov 2014 #20
uppityperson Nov 2014 #21
daleanime Nov 2014 #22
berni_mccoy Nov 2014 #23
BrotherIvan Nov 2014 #24
proReality Nov 2014 #25
onecaliberal Nov 2014 #26
Phentex Nov 2014 #28
navarth Nov 2014 #29
OneGrassRoot Nov 2014 #30
chervilant Nov 2014 #31
ReRe Nov 2014 #32
ReRe Nov 2014 #33
Iwillnevergiveup Nov 2014 #34
Dreamer Tatum Nov 2014 #35
PowerToThePeople Nov 2014 #36
LukeFL Nov 2014 #37
Sedona Nov 2014 #38
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2014 #39
calimary Nov 2014 #40
renate Nov 2014 #41
jamesatemple Nov 2014 #42
Iwillnevergiveup Nov 2014 #43
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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 12:45 PM

2. k and r for continued visibility. will be sending my letter shortly.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 12:49 PM

3. One email, coming up!

So very sorry this tragedy has fallen on your family.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 12:50 PM

4. I will send off a snail mail letter.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 12:51 PM

5. This NY resident will gladly do so.

 

Stay strong.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 01:03 PM

6. Will do today.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 01:05 PM

7. Email sent with snail-mail to follow.

 

My best to you and your family.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 01:12 PM

8. Snail mail it will be.

Hang in there Pat.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 01:20 PM

9. A snail mail will go out tomorrow. My condolences on this loss to your

family.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 01:21 PM

10. I will send both an email and a snail mail on my firms letterhead, both of which will go out today!

I imagine that was me and my son and I don't want sick people like that walking free in public! He appears to have a drinking problem and anger management issues which have already led to tragically bad results. Under the additional strain of these charges he is a ticking time bomb! It is reasonable to expect that he will be more out of control thinking he has nothing to lose and may want to settle scores before he goes away, even harming himself in the process. He may even choose to do this before he leaves the country.
I am proud to be able to help someone who I have come to admire and respect over these last few years. Let me know what else I can help with. Wish I could appear at the hearing in person and I hope many here at DU will be able to pack the whole courthouse all the way to the lawn outside!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 01:28 PM

11. Will it make a difference if the letter comes from out of State?

I am sending a letter but hopefully they don't take into consideration I am not in NY so I am really not part of the local community.

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Response to dilby (Reply #11)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 01:35 PM

13. That's a good thing.

In this case, we welcome as many out-of-state communications as possible!

Thank you!!!!

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 05:22 PM

27. Thanks for answering this question

I think of you and your family often.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 01:32 PM

12. NY resident here will email and follow with snail mail.

I would be afraid of this person also. Hopefully he will remain behind bars for the sake of the community.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 02:10 PM

14. snail mail for you, my friend. i wish you peace but only time is your friend now.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 02:21 PM

15. Signed, stamped and sent

 

May there be justice.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 02:41 PM

16. K&R for more snail mail.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 02:42 PM

17. k&r...

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 02:46 PM

18. Will do. This animal belongs in a cage. nt

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 02:48 PM

19. K&R nt

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 03:02 PM

20. dear Pat....

I will write.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 03:06 PM

21. k&r

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 03:19 PM

22. K&R....

and snail mail away.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 03:21 PM

23. You have my pen and my voice.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 03:56 PM

24. Email and snail mail coming up

Thanks for letting us help. Really hope it does some good to help him stay behind bars where he belongs.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 04:43 PM

25. I definitely will be sending both email and snail mail.

I'm out of state now, but I was born and raised in that area. I don't want Guzy anywhere near my relatives or the relatives of anyone else.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 05:07 PM

26. Email and snail mail on the way.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 05:26 PM

28. I will send snail mail...

it could have very well happened here in Atlanta.

I am so sorry this happened to your family.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 06:46 PM

29. kick.

get that bastard.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 06:52 PM

30. Oh my goodness, I am so sorry, H20 Man...

This is the first I'm hearing of this. I will certainly send/fax/email the contact.



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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 08:17 PM

31. I'll send a letter tomorrow, via snail-mail.

My heart goes out to you and your family. I am glad you're keeping us abreast of the situation.

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Mon Nov 24, 2014, 09:12 PM

32. You bet, H2O Man

Done. Best to family.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 10:31 PM

34. KICK

I'll PM you the snail mail tomorrow from a former New York state resident.




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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 10:50 PM

35. kick nt

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 10:56 PM

36. Ban all Guns!!!

 

I have been away from DU, so never heard of this tragic event before today. I will read up on it and try to write something to the DA.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 11:06 PM

37. Sorry for your loss

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Nov 25, 2014, 12:29 AM

38. k&r

Bookmarking to follow up with the snail mail as soon as I get to the office in the morning. (No printer at home)

My thoughts with your family tonight

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Nov 25, 2014, 12:38 AM

39. If I can compose a snail mail letter that is strong and coherent, I will send it.

I am so sorry about the losses you and your family have suffered, and I am also angry that this "man" acted the way he did. I am horrified that there's even a chance he could get bail.

He needs to be locked away forever.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Nov 25, 2014, 01:37 AM

40. Kicking this.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Nov 25, 2014, 02:51 AM

41. Seventeen counts... this guy has a lot to lose

If he really does have the resources to flee... damn. He doesn't exactly sound like the kind of law-abiding citizen who would show up for a court date.

http://www.thedailystar.com/news/local_news/bainbridge-man-faces-indictments/article_5562fbe8-9e85-5906-a6ad-1b8d751b4f58.html

I've said it before and I'll say it again... I am SO SORRY that your family has had such a devastating loss in such a needless and horrible, horrible way.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Nov 25, 2014, 08:47 AM

42. Ok, Pat. I just put a handwritten letter into the mailbox.

I sure hope it helps in getting bail denied for that monster.

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Response to jamesatemple (Reply #42)

Tue Nov 25, 2014, 01:56 PM

43. Just sent H2O man

a "copy" of the snail mail I sent to the D.A. He may or may not get a chance to read all the hand-written and typed messages, so we could PM him the exact letter we sent. Then he'd be sure to have a handle on both the numbers and the contents. Until we get another update, let's keep this thread kicked.

Dayum, that's a good idea!



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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Reply #43)

Tue Nov 25, 2014, 07:00 PM

45. I PM'd H20 Man my letter too.

He loved it, and thanked me.

I'm so glad I could help.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Nov 25, 2014, 06:12 PM

44. done, snail mail

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