2 Guilty, 3 Not Guilty in Roxen Road Case

Two convicted and face jail time, three go free in Rockville Centre assault case, officials confirm.

Matthew Diperna (R) and William Moore (L) were found guilty by a judge Wednesday. (Photo: NCPD)
Matthew Diperna (R) and William Moore (L) were found guilty by a judge Wednesday. (Photo: NCPD)

Two of the five Rockville Centre defendants in the Roxen Road assault case were convicted and could face jail time, officials confirmed.

William Moore and Matthew Diperna, both 19, were found guilty by Judge Christopher Quinn in a bench trial Wednesday.

Moore was found guilty of third-degree assault and faces up to one year in prison. Diperna could spend three months behind bars for third-degree attempted assault. Moore and Diperna, then seniors at South Side High School, were the first two arrests made in the assault.

"I'm a little disappointed in the verdict, but I understand where the judge is coming from," Diperna's lawyer, John R. Lewis Jr., told Newsday.

Meanwhile, Kevin Coyle, 20, Nolan Kelly, 19, and William Nelson, 19, were found not guilty of third-degree assault, which could have put them in prison for one year.

Moore and Diperna will return to court for their sentencing on March 19.

The five men were charged in the June 2012 beating of soccer coach John Woythaler, an incident that shocked and enraged Rockville Centre. According to police, Woythaler’s 44-year-old wife was walking their dog on Roxen Road when the five allegedly made sexually suggestive comments to her. She told Woythaler, who jumped in his car to find the culprits and make them apologize, cops said.

The five were then accused of brutally attacking Woythaler, who was rushed to Mercy Medical Center by RVCPD and treated for broken ribs, multiple contusions and injuries to his face and jaw, and a concussion, officials reported.

At opening statements on Jan. 7, prosecutors "said the teens acted in unison and later boasted about the attack on Facebook," writing, "We jumped an old man…We had to beat him. He kept getting back up," reported CBS.

Initially, the defendants were charged with second-degree gang assault, but those charges were dropped in August. Second-degree assault charges were also reduced in August to second-degree attempted assault, which could have sent them to prison for up to four years.

Second-degree attempted assault charges were dropped on Tuesday, the day before the verdict was issued.

This is a breaking news story. Patch will update as more information becomes available.

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ahf January 30, 2014 at 09:18 AM
No sides, just truth. and a former client.
ahf January 30, 2014 at 09:19 AM
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KMACK January 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM
AHF, comment about the story or dont comment at all. Start a new thread to preach about how the Patch is managed. No one cares about what you spend/spent on advertising, but great job tooting your own horn guy.
Marc January 31, 2014 at 11:03 AM
All I know is if I'm walking the dog on a summer's night and I see a group of teens carrying twelve-packs, chances are better than not there's trouble brewing...
joe thrapp March 29, 2014 at 01:10 PM
The other two where sentenced to youthful offender status where their records are sealed. So if they go out and kick somebody else's head in the Roxen Road charges will not count against them. I hope the next victim does not suffer as much as Mr. W. because there will be another incident involving these 5 menboy's


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