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Roxen Road Defendants Enter Not Guilty Pleas as New Charges Arise

Each defendant receives two new assault charges along with original charge of second-degree gang assault.

The Roxen Road assault case took another turn in Nassau County First District Court this week.

All five defendants were charged with assault with intent to cause physical injury, a misdemeanor, and assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon, a felony, in addition to the original charge of second-degree gang assault.

Defendant William Moore was also charged with a second count of assault with intent to cause physical injury.

Three of the defendants -- and Kevin Coyle -- also entered their plea of not guilty this week, which came as no surprise in court as Diperna's lawyer John R. Lewis Jr. told Patch in July "I believe these boys will be vindicated at the end of the day."

William Nelson and Nolan Kelly, who both turned themselves in to Nassau County Police on Dec. 27, pleaded not guilty on the same date, according to court documents.

All five defendants will now return to court on Jan. 18.

According to police, the assault happened when the wife of the victim was walking her dog on Nottingham Road and was verbally accosted by five to eight young men. She ran home and told her husband of the incident, and the two drove around the neighborhood looking for the men to demand an apology.

They found the group on Roxen Road, which is where the assault took place, police said. Neighbors who heard the disturbance called police at 11:55 p.m. The men fled before police arrived and Nassau County detectives were called in to join the investigation.

The man was transported by Rockville Centre police to Mercy Medical Center where he was treated for broken ribs, multiple contusions and injuries to the face and jaw.

Jack Knife Manfreddy January 04, 2013 at 05:02 PM
They look like an outstanding group of citizens.
Charles Bronson January 04, 2013 at 05:06 PM
I hope they received soap on a rope for Christmas.
Nigel January 04, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Well, Not Guilty isn't a surprise, but I can't understand DiPerna's lawyer thinking these kids can be "vindicated." I'd love to know how he thinks a gang can justify any beating.
Matthew Hogan January 04, 2013 at 05:47 PM
@Nigel: As per the July story, Diperna's lawyer John R. Lewis Jr. said, "It is my contention that the alleged victim was not looking for an apology, but started the physical altercation." -- Matthew Hogan Associate Regional Editor Nassau County
Jack Knife Manfreddy January 04, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Has the victim spoke on these matters at all?
Nigel January 04, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Thanks for clarifying that Matthew.
Matthew Hogan January 04, 2013 at 05:56 PM
@Nigel: You're welcome!
Matthew Hogan January 04, 2013 at 05:58 PM
@Jack Knife Manfreddy: I think he is trying to stay out of the press/away from the media, which is completely understandable given the situation. -- Matthew Hogan Associate Regional Editor Nassau County
Brutally Frank January 04, 2013 at 07:29 PM
At the end of the day.... I am sick of lawyers who say "at the end of the day." These thugs, and that is just what they are, should be shown no mercy. And I am sick of them being painted as choir boys. They did not act like decent citizens and therefore while they are entitled to a fair and impartial trial, at the end of the day, I hear it's nice up state in springtime.
Nigel January 04, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Well BF, the article is not painting them as anything other than defendants. Their actions were deplorable and they will be tried in court.
Jack Knife Manfreddy January 04, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Ok well I can understand him trying to avoid the media but hopefully he will be able to testify against the accused.
slama6 January 05, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Sorry to say but being the nice guy he is he may not. I hope I'm wrong
opinion-ated January 05, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Is it true there is a video of the incident taken by a neighbor?

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