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Oddone sentenced to 22 years in prison

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Michael Wright   Apr 14, 2010 6:55 PM

Anthony Oddone was sentenced on Wednesday to 22 years in prison for the killing of Andrew Reister, an off-duty prison guard working part-time as a bouncer at a Southampton Village bar in August 2008.

“This was not a bar fight ... this was a defenseless man,” Judge C. Randall Hinrichs said of the 40-year-old victim, a Hampton Bays resident. In sentencing the 27-year-old defendant to a term just short of the 25-year maximum, the judge added, “The defendant must be punished, and in the court’s mind he must be punished severely.”

The announcement brought a short burst of applause from the more than 60 Suffolk County Corrections Department officers, former co-workers of the victim, gathered in the courtroom in the Arthur M. Cromarty Criminal Court building in Riverhead. The audience also included family members and supporters of both the victim and defendant and at least one of jurors who had convicted Mr. Oddone of first-degree manslaughter but acquitted him of a more serious second-degree murder charge in December after a two-month trial.

Mr. Oddone’s attorney, Sarita Kedia, told the judge that she would be filing an appeal of the manslaughter conviction. Marc Wolinsky, a member at The Bridge, the Noyac golf club where Mr. Oddone caddied in the summer, said a notice of appeal would be filed tomorrow.

Mr. Oddone declined an opportunity to address the court, but Mr. Reister’s widow, Stacey, addressed the court—and Oddone, directly—for more than 30 minutes prior to sentencing. Her presentation to the court was not tearful but was rife with ire toward the defendant and his attorney. She often spoke directly to Mr. Oddone rather than the judge and asked him to look at her on more than one occasion—he obliged for most of the speech.

“You took all of that away,” she said, throwing a framed family photo on the defense table. “Thank you very much. I had a great life before that.”

Mr. Oddone and Mr. Reister clashed in the Southampton Publick House on August 8, 2008, after Mr. Reister, who was working part-time as a bouncer, asked Mr. Oddone to stop dancing on a table. When Mr. Oddone refused, according to witnesses who testified during the two-month trial, Mr. Reister pushed the younger man off the table. As he turned to walk away, Mr. Oddone leapt onto Mr. Reister’s back and wrapped one arm around his throat.

A Suffolk County deputy medical examiner said that Mr. Reister died because his heart stopped, the result of what he dubbed a carotid choke hold, which puts pressure on the carotid artery and triggers the brain to stop the beating of the heart. When Mr. Oddone let go, after more than two minutes, according to witnesses, Mr. Reister’s heart started again, but he was brain dead. He died two days later at Stony Brook University Hospital after being removed from life support.

“All you needed to do was get down,” Ms. Reister said, facing Mr. Oddone in the courtroom on Wednesday. “This could have all been avoided if you just got down.”

She pleaded with the judge to give the defendant the maximum sentence, 25 years in prison. “Give him the maximum sentence, because my children received the maximum sentence: a life without their daddy.”

Assistant District Attorney Denise Merrifield also pilloried Mr. Oddone in her pre-sentencing address to the court. She highlighted his past criminal record—an arrest for petit larceny at a Walmart, a criminal mischief arrest for throwing furniture off a bar patio, and probation violations on two occasions—and repeatedly labeled him “arrogant, violent and self-centered.”

“It is sickeningly ironic that the defense begged and pleaded for mercy for this defendant,” since witnesses had pleaded with him to release Mr. Reister, she said. “I ask the court: Don’t show him any mercy. Show him exactly what he showed Mr. Reister—nothing.”

Ms. Kedia addressed the court and attempted to paint Mr. Oddone as a good kid who had turned around his mischievous ways when he moved to Long Island to attend St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. She noted the support Mr. Oddone has received from many wealthy and powerful members of The Bridge, who paid for his defense and were scattered in the audience throughout the course of the trial, and said that Mr. Oddone had a bright future ahead of him, a future that still stood a chance if the sentence imposed by the judge was light.

“There is no question that many people here, including, of course Stacey Reister, have suffered a tremendous loss,” she said. “It’s an injustice, but a second injustice won’t equal justice. A lengthy sentence is simply not justified.”

Mr. Oddone, dressed in pressed khaki pants with blue shirt and necktie, and looking thinner and more muscular than during his late 2009 trial, sat at the defense table while Judge Hinrichs read his sentence.

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heartbreaking. so sorry for mrs. reister.
By davidf (176), hampton bays on Apr 14, 10 3:28 PM
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22 years is a light sentence for taking a man's life.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Apr 14, 10 3:29 PM
does it mean he'll serve 22? is therea chance for parole or sentence reduction for good behavior? good expensive criminal lawyer is already on the case...
By davidf (176), hampton bays on Apr 14, 10 3:35 PM
it certainly doesn't seem like long enough to me..
By montauk resident (41), montauk on Apr 14, 10 4:29 PM
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He need to serve AT LEAST 22 years.... plus 5 years probation....
By honeylamb (70), East Quogue on Apr 15, 10 7:51 PM
not long enough for odone. too long for Mrs. Reister and, all the Reisters.
By local (102), north sea on Apr 14, 10 4:02 PM
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sad all the way around.
so many lives ruined by a stupid, wrong decision (if you can call it that) in the heat of a drunken moment.
By concerned east ender (45), Sag Harbor on Apr 14, 10 5:04 PM
Wow... I met Tony my first day of college. He did like to drink, and when he drank sometimes he got a little crazy. I never thought his form of crazy would ever result in someone dying. Overall he was a good kid. I really can't believe that he's going to be in Prison for the next 22 years.

Mrs Register, and family I am sorry for your loss, Mrs Oddones, I hope you all have the strength to live with your son in prison, Anthony I hope you learn your lesson, and I hope the second half ...more
By upstatesteve (3), Albany on Apr 14, 10 5:57 PM
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Well he got more than a "little crazy" the night he choked Andrew to death. He held that choke hold until the bones in his neck cracked. A little beyond crazy if you ask me!

Your ratings of an overall good kid need to raised to higher expectations.
By AnonymousSgh (177), Sag Harbor on Apr 15, 10 8:18 AM
Put that mutt in Sate Prison and make him work. Then, every quarter he earn's each day should be sent to Stacey for the next 22 years. It still would never be punishment enough for this dirt-bag.
By mcy957 (4), Moriches on Apr 14, 10 6:42 PM
How this wasn't Murder 2 I have no idea. However Corrections Officers will be waiting for this guy. He may end up never seeing the light of day again.

My prayers are for the Reister family.
By Dr Spock (29), Hampton Bays on Apr 14, 10 7:20 PM
Is that a death threat? Are you a corrections officer?
By bailey (51), East Hampton on Apr 15, 10 7:57 AM
Judge Hinrichs had some tough considerations to make.
Thank you for your service to our county!!!
By wondering (61), Southampton on Apr 14, 10 7:22 PM
This is the only good news I've heard in quite some time.

Except for the appeal.

Oh, and for those nice, wealthy people financing his defense, why don't you find someone deserving, like one saddled with medical debt, or a local in debt up to their eyeballs by your hand...
By Mr. Z (5945), North Sea on Apr 14, 10 8:23 PM
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So much anger!

"Peace on Earth" does not start with anger.
By PBR (4303), Southampton on Apr 14, 10 9:25 PM
PBR...you are so right. Oddone does have so much anger. I totally agree! ;)
By AnonymousSgh (177), Sag Harbor on Apr 14, 10 10:03 PM
No, it does not.

But, like they say, one man's Heaven, is another man's Hell.
By Mr. Z (5945), North Sea on Apr 15, 10 3:23 PM
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No winners here...very sad story..poor choices made in a bar late at nite.Here is a message to your children..Go out and have fun, if you are old enough to legally be in a bar, be aware of what is going on around you. If it looks like things are getting crazy ..get out, go home,get away from a situation that may very well get out of control. Be Aware of your surroundings and Who is around you. If you need a cab, call one..do the right thing...Trying to keep you safe...prom season is upon us and ...more
By gansetteer (125), East Hampton on Apr 14, 10 10:46 PM
That's all there is to it: no winners here. Mrs. Reister was right - get off the table and you have your life back. Instead, you didn't and you don't. And do the right thing. That's a four-word phrase that can guide you through life pretty well.

Feel so horribly for the Reister family as well as the Oddones. He made a series of horrible choices that night and deserves to do his time, but his parents have to be just heart-broken.

Great coverage by Michael Wright the entire trial.
By seawolf (3), Stony Brook on Apr 14, 10 11:12 PM
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I (seriously) still have one question, and maybe someone who has followed this more can answer:

If there were WITNESSES to this tragedy, how could it have occurred? Specifically, after Mr. Reister went limp, and Mr. Oddone did not respond to pleas to release him, why weren't the "witnesses" bashing Oddone's head in with whatever they could find?

I'm sure barstools, bottles, Mace, knives, and keys were all handy.
By BobbyH (44), Southampton/NYC on Apr 15, 10 12:11 AM
From what I understand based on a witness they were beating on him to let go, he didn't or wouldn't. It didn't take too long before it was too late and he left.

Regardless of whether he was a good friend, Friend of Tony, someone died because of his actions. Not sure how one thing has anything to do with the other. All he had to do was get off a table, he chose not to which started the chain of events. Friend or not, he killed someone in anger.
By bb (429), Hampton Bays on Apr 15, 10 8:17 AM
Mr. Oddone was even struck with a bottle of booze, as I understand it.

They never did a toxicology report, so we will never know if he was under the influence of anything other than alcohol.
By Mr. Z (5945), North Sea on Apr 15, 10 3:21 PM
Bobby H,

It was testified by witnesses that people were attempting to get Oddone off Reister. Plus in today's climate, the good samaritan isnt too likely to help out someone in an altercation like that. They'd prob end up behind bars too. People steer clear of getting into things like that especially if they know no one involved. Sad.
By BaymenNYC (38), Manhattan on Apr 15, 10 6:05 PM
Very sad. Regardless of any of your opinions tony was a great friend. Very odd how there were comments made about the public house not doing anything for mrs reister and how she is only receiveing 1/3 of his pay when she should get 3/4? Im not sure how that has anything to do with the sentencing of oddone which is what we were there for. NEVER JUDGE A MAN UNTIL YOU WALK A MILE IN HIS SHOES. This trial should have never been in suffolk county from the beginning and I believe this kid got a raw ...more
By friend of tony (9), ronkonkoma on Apr 15, 10 7:23 AM
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You say "This trial should never have been in suffolk county from the beginning and I believe this kid got a raw deal." Well I say... Oddone should never had his arms, hands, whatever wrapped around Andrew's neck until it cracked. I think Andrew got the raw deal. Maybe you don't appreciate that, but frankly I don't care. And like Stacey mentioned in her speech, the three year olds in her nursery school class get down off the tables when asked.
By AnonymousSgh (177), Sag Harbor on Apr 15, 10 7:49 AM
Please just stay up the island. We don't need ur kind around here and are a lot safer without ur warped morals.
By HB 4 Life (72), Hampton Bays on Apr 15, 10 9:15 AM
I believe Stacey was making a point when she mentioned to the judge and everyone else about only receiving 1/3 of his pay. I believe she wanted to let everyone know that no one is backing her financially. She lost her husband, Oddone killed him, and he has financial backers. THAT'S THE POINT SHE WAS MAKING, I DO BELIEVE. Doesn't take a genius to figure that one out.
By AnonymousSgh (177), Sag Harbor on Apr 15, 10 9:45 AM
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And frankly, I do think it is sad the way the Southampton Publick House has never acknowledged Stacey Reister. I heard they were at the same Christmas Mass and not even a handshake when they were standing right beside her. Not even an "I'm sorry" or a "Merry Christmas". I hear they live in the same town and everyone knows each other. How cold they must be...or maybe they have other concerns.

So there you have it, Friend of Tony. That's why she mentioned it at the Sentencing. So everyone ...more
By AnonymousSgh (177), Sag Harbor on Apr 15, 10 10:06 AM
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WOW! You obviously were not paying attention yesterday during Mrs. Reisters speech! What she said was... just to clarify... was that she is STILL fighting for his pension, which should be 3/4 pay and that it is costing her $5000 to straighten it all out! She would not have to do this had your pal Tony did not killed him. Also, she said the Publick House did nothing for her....they didn't call, they didn't ask about the kids, they didn't even show concern. THAT is what she said. You are just pissed ...more
By honeylamb (70), East Quogue on Apr 15, 10 10:41 AM
AnonymouseSgh nailed it right on the head.... glad you were paying attn yesterday!
By honeylamb (70), East Quogue on Apr 15, 10 10:42 AM
Suffolk County is huge, it stretches from Huntington to Montauk. While the east end is small, I doubt everyone in Suffolk County is connected in someway. There is a huge pool from which to draw potential jurors. I doubt the location of the trail had anything to do with the verdict. You friend committed a crime, he took a life. You do not get a slap on the wrist for that. That is not something that can be written off as a youthful indiscretion. The punishment fits the crime.
By pstevens (385), Wilmington on Apr 15, 10 12:26 PM
You wrote "Never judge a man until you walk a mile in his shoes".... very funny coming from someone who is judging Mrs. Reister for speaking her mind. She and her children are also crime victims here. She commented on how every aspect of her life was changed because of the actions of your friend, including her financial change. You should walk a mile in HER shoes...... God be with the Reisters, and especially his children during this difficult time.
By honeylamb (70), East Quogue on Apr 15, 10 2:11 PM
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By ICE (1195), Southhampton on Apr 15, 10 2:29 PM
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By ICE (1195), Southhampton on Apr 15, 10 2:30 PM
Mrs. Reister should not have to be fighting for the pension, it should be at 3/4.
As for the Publick House they really should have been making an effort to reach out to her both financially & emotionally. After all it was their rule Mr. Reister was enforcing which was the catalyst for this incident. The fact that Oddone's employers supported him fully and are still supporting him is upsetting to many friends and colleagues of Mr. Reister's. Maybe instead of wasting energy on complaining about ...more
By ICE (1195), Southhampton on Apr 15, 10 2:30 PM
Referring to your second paragraph, I believe that Judge Hinrich meant that Andrew was defenseless being held from behind in the choke hold. He was held that way until beyond unconsciousness. No one could get Oddone off of him. Not brawn or yelling from the crowd. Don't put words into the Judge's mouth. How much more defenseless can one be?
By AnonymousSgh (177), Sag Harbor on Apr 15, 10 3:20 PM
The "rule" about dancing on tables is quite common in MANY bars, and even more restaurants. Even Alice's, I'm quite sure.

The comment of "defenseless" will never be inaccurate, or prejudicial, as Mr. Reister was attacked from behind, by all accounts.

Mr. Oddone rode him down like he was saddled on his back, breaking a stallion.

Last time I checked, I would be pretty "defenseless" when attacked, or jumped from behind...
By Mr. Z (5945), North Sea on Apr 15, 10 3:31 PM
The Suffolk County Corrections Officers and the Suffolk County Sheriff's Dept has been OUTSTANDING with help for Mrs. Reister and her children... it is Albany that needs to be tackled as far as her pension. Also, this was only a 240 pound man and ABSOLUTELY NOT the 280 pound man that the defense claimed. It was proven by medical records.
By honeylamb (70), East Quogue on Apr 15, 10 4:47 PM
Whether you're 7 ft. tall or 4 ft. tall, being unconscious would no doubt render you defenseless.

What confuses me is Marc Wolinsky and the other members of "The Bridge". Obviously, these are intelligent, well-educated people. Why are they so diligent at backing someone with such a past who did such a horrible thing? Perhaps their agenda is more poitical than personal.

By Truth prevails (17), Long Island on Apr 15, 10 5:00 PM
Anonymous - I didn't put words into his mouth, that was a direct quote from the Judge, how it was meant is up to interpretation. I guarantee I could have gotten him to let go very quickly, too bad I wasn't there!

Mr. Z - the rule about dancing on tables is common in many bars and restaurants, what isn't common is encouraging females to dance on tables
while forbidding males and ordering them removed when they do.
You may be "defenseless" if attacked from behind, but you probably ...more
By ICE (1195), Southhampton on Apr 15, 10 10:29 PM
I'm not even going to respond to that. The bottom line is this: Oddone did the crime, now he does the time, Both sides lost in this case. Andrew's life is irreplaceable and this loss is tremendous. The facts came out, the jury decided Oddones fate and the judge enforced it. Case closed..... lets stop talking about it and let the families move on and get their lives back.
By honeylamb (70), East Quogue on Apr 15, 10 11:18 PM
ICE - It was not a headlock, it was a chokehold. And it took merely seconds to render him unconscious. This hold used to be taught to law enforcement as it is effective in controlling violent offenders. Mr. Reister didn't have the time to react. Based on the medical testimony, had the hold been released Mr. Reister should have regained consciousness. He never had that chance because the chokehold continued. At what point does Anthony Oddone become responsible in your eyes? A responsible adult ...more
By Truth prevails (17), Long Island on Apr 16, 10 6:03 AM
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Truth prevails - I wrote chokehold/headlock, there is a reason I put choke hold first, thanks for your clarification which wasn't needed. Where did I say Anthony Oddone was not responsible for the outcome? I'm not contending he wasn't responsible, I don't know what will happen upon appeal. Like it or not, that is the way our legal system works.
By ICE (1195), Southhampton on Apr 17, 10 12:32 AM
And I clarified because they are two totally different things. A chokehold can stop your heart in seconds, a headlock can not. He was defenseless within seconds - yet Mr. Oddone kept the chokehold for an additional 2 minutes. They are two very different holds. I never said you felt Anthony wasn't responsible. I asked at what point, in your eyes, does Anthony become responsible for his actions? As for the appeal, don't count on it. I was in court and heard all of the testimony. Based on what ...more
By Truth prevails (17), Long Island on Apr 17, 10 7:38 AM
WOW~~ Surprised about the PUBLICK HOUSE. Just doesn't seem right.
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 15, 10 3:44 PM
NO... It sure doesn't seem right about the Publick House.... not even a phone call....they did not reach out at all... I am a close family friend and I know this for a FACT! Read the comments above about Christmas.... they make me sick!
By honeylamb (70), East Quogue on Apr 15, 10 3:57 PM
I'm still in total shock. I go there all the time. I thought better of them than this!
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 15, 10 5:29 PM
I USED to go there all the time... but not after this!
By honeylamb (70), East Quogue on Apr 15, 10 6:01 PM
Honeylamb i agree with you.they need metal dectors,armed bouncers
By fdny7318 (60), Water Mill on Apr 15, 10 7:41 PM
I don't think weapons are necessary, they only make matters worse..... but I do feel that Mr. Reister was enforcing THEIR rules and standards and the Publick House could have AT LEAST called the family from time to time to check in... or at the very least CALL AT ALL.... horrible behavior from that establishment. I will never go back~
By honeylamb (70), East Quogue on Apr 15, 10 7:50 PM
What would metal detectors or armed bouncers have done to prevented this tragedy? Oddone had no weapon that a metal detector would have found, the other bouncers were too far away to assist in this incident. If Andy had a weapon it may have caused the situation to be even more deadly had it fallen into the wrong hands.
Either way metal detectors and armed bouncers is out of control! The steroids a lot of bouncers do would mix well with firearms!
By ICE (1195), Southhampton on Apr 15, 10 10:37 PM
Oddone's weapon was his bare hands and inability to control his anger. He is a seriously dangerous individual. The Judge did his job. All the speculating in the world won't change a thing.
By AnonymousSgh (177), Sag Harbor on Apr 16, 10 4:55 AM
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FDNY, they just need to keep rowdy party types out. Its a nice local pub when I go there for a pint, or for dinner.
By Draggerman (174), Southampton on Apr 16, 10 5:26 PM
Just a few thoughts before i completely forget about this case...

- Sorry that reisters kids and wife had to deal with this. also sorry that oddones mother has to deal with this too.

- Sorry that mr. reister had to put his hands on someone and then not have the smarts by turning his back. sorry but where i come from, you dont do that. especially in a bar of drunken idiots.

- There should be some sort of LAW where civil servants such as police/sherriffs or correction officers ...more
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Apr 16, 10 9:03 AM
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Hey, dude...we don't want the likes of you guys out here anyway. So no loss to us. And your remarks about Italians....they sound really ignorant.

" a few thoughts before you completely forget about the case." Shows your loyalty to your "buddy"....huh?
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 16, 10 4:59 PM
um, i do not know or have ever met mr. oddone. and get over yourself, i live 15 minutes from southampton. in fact i find a place like east moriches a much nicer place to live than say a hampton bays. we dont have 500 mexicans lining our streets every morning like you guys do.

im forgetting about the case because it has no impact on my life. i dont know either party involved...life goes on and this is really just another piece of news to me.
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Apr 16, 10 6:29 PM
Doesn't sound like you know much about anything. Sounds like you have a bad attitude dude.
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 16, 10 7:39 PM
You say you live 15 mins. from Southampton.....that's probably about 5 mins from Mastic, right??

And by the way, do you know from experience that there are a lot of Italians upstate, or are you just stereo-typing Italians?
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 16, 10 9:36 PM
Glad to see him go to jail, but really??? 22 years? Is that all that the judicial system considers punishment for taking a life? It must be nice to have appeals filed so fast - must be good to know that the guy who carried your clubs could just have easily killed you with them.
By LovedHerTown (83), southampton on Apr 16, 10 9:28 AM
Hopefully that's hard time... When a convict can't obey orders, they send him to a higher security facility. Being that Andy was a corrections officer, the guards are going to be gunning for this punk. No matter where he goes.

His dance card will be filled, I'm sure. He's going to make all kinds of new friends.
By Draggerman (174), Southampton on Apr 16, 10 5:29 PM
Have a hard time understanding that Mr.Sullivan has not reached out to Stacy.There are signs and posters up asking for donations at the Publick House. And all the customers and employees still are disturbed by what happened. Im sure Mr. Sullivan is too. For a community oriented man its hard to believe. Maybe for some reason that is unknown they have been unable to talk about what happened.
By nytractor (3), hampton bays on Apr 16, 10 10:58 AM
Yes... There are a lot of people that are having a hard time understanding this strange behavior. A phone call would have been the least he could have done just to see if everyone was holding up alright.

I remember the first Christmas that Andrew was not with his family, when Stacey was alone with the kids. Probably one of the first saddest times they had to make it through. There was a picture of her on the cover of the Southampton Press and an article of how his organs had been given ...more
By AnonymousSgh (177), Sag Harbor on Apr 16, 10 3:32 PM
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Signs & posters asking for donations - where does the money go? To the Publick House or Reister's family?
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 17, 10 8:13 AM
IF there are signs up and donation jars at the Publick House, I can assure you that Stacey has not seen one dime of it.
By honeylamb (70), East Quogue on Apr 19, 10 2:12 PM
Thanks to Baymen, bb, Mr. Z and others for clarifying the part about the witnesses and whether anyone was helping.

As for the Friend of Tony, a man's friend should be there for him in his darkest hour, but your whole "don't judge until" thing is ridiculous. We judge people because we believe in right and wrong. Good behavior should be rewarded and bad behavior punished. It is our DUTY to make sure we do both.

That's why we have fines, prisons, and in extreme cases, the needle. ...more
By BobbyH (44), Southampton/NYC on Apr 17, 10 12:08 AM
I am wondering why it is a surprise to so many that the folks from The Bridge are backing someone like Oddone.....internally they are known for their corrupt ways....

Is there a lawyer out there who will back Stacey so she can get what she needs?!

As for the Publick House not stepping up, this surprises me so much. I am sure there are lawyers out there telling them to do nothing till they're sued. If they made any kind of remorseful gesture it would be an admission of guilt.

The ...more
By wondering (61), Southampton on Apr 17, 10 6:29 AM
What a tragedy! An innocent man's life taken by an animal with no self control. Well, the animal is going to be put in a cage for a while, not long enough in my opinion. The zookeepers aren't going to show too much concern for this animal, who knows, maybe justice will prevail after all, karma is a beatch!
By bigfresh (1133), north sea on Apr 17, 10 9:13 AM
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By Kaiser Sozay (30), east end on Apr 17, 10 10:55 AM
Prison life is voluntary. I don't feel sorry for him. You do the crime, you pay the time.
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 17, 10 5:36 PM
This entire story is very sad and unfortunate. My heart goes out to both families. Not sure if the sentence fit the crime? 22 years in prison?.I dont believe this man oddone actually intended to take the life of mr reister. Did anyone ever consider a bouncer that happens to also be a corrections officer pushing his weight around a bit. not saying he did but a 6 foot4 250 pound man could intimidate. ive seen bouncers throw patrons around for no reason and yes ive seen it at the southampton ...more
By hamptons1 (12), southampton on Apr 17, 10 6:37 PM
One more thing i need to say is: the idea that high power nyc lawyers would help oddone only hurt him. i understand they wanted to help but it hurt him. Bringing out of town lawyers into riverhead to defend a defendent that took the life of a riverhead corrections officer was a terrible idea. Did not help considering the 22 year sentence the judge imposed.
By hamptons1 (12), southampton on Apr 17, 10 6:49 PM
Hey hamptons1... do you realize people go to prison for life for lesser offenses? What a shame he struggled growing up.... so do a lot of ghetto kids, and they turn their lives around and be constructive human beings.
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 17, 10 7:19 PM
One more thing i need to say is: didn't know they were called Riverhead Correction Officers
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 17, 10 8:48 PM
You said "do you realize people go to prison for life for lesser offenses?"
Such as? One more thing (I) gets capitalized.
By ICE (1195), Southhampton on Apr 17, 10 11:04 PM
ICE: do your own research. Google
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 17, 10 11:30 PM
How about you back up your statement, Oh wait you can't... gotcha. What you said really doesn't make sense, there are guidelines for sentencing which prohibit excessive punishment, so I don't see how someone is going to get life for a lesser offense.
By ICE (1195), Southhampton on Apr 18, 10 4:09 PM
Ok...Hamptons1...If Oddone had gotten off the table, there wouldn't have been a need for a trial at all. So isn't that unfortunate that his pride got in the way.. Another thought...the incident occurred within the Suffolk County System, so why shouldn't it have been held there. I guess Oddone didn't check out Reister's day job before he killed him. That was unfortunate for Oddone. If they had moved it to another venue, that would have been considered biased for the other side. You see, no ...more
By AnonymousSgh (177), Sag Harbor on Apr 17, 10 7:57 PM
local guy , I do believe that oddone should go to prison . i just dont agree that 22 years is fair. Yes its not fair to mr reisters wife friends and most of all the young kids. Can you honestly tell me that if mr reister was not a corrections officer that oddone gets 22 years? i dont work in law but i am going to do some reasearch on similar cases. iam curious and i would bet that your average sentence is around 6-10 years . i respect your opinion and understand this kid must pay. A great ...more
By hamptons1 (12), southampton on Apr 17, 10 8:58 PM
i'm sick of all the liberal thinking. oh geez, i just killed somebody, slap my hands, i'm sorry. i have to move on with my life cause i am a golden boy. BS!!
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 17, 10 9:03 PM
liberal ??? haha Are you serious??an off duty corrections officer goes to work a wild wednesday night at the southampton public house during the summer.The guy is tremendous in size and Tells a little punk to get off a table .ya the kid is drunk and ignores him . The bouncer comes back and obviously puts his hands on the guy. So the drunk punk caddie jumps on the guy and doesnt let go. obvious he was not trying to cause a death..Most likely scared to let go....Why should he get 22 years in prison ...more
By hamptons1 (12), southampton on Apr 18, 10 12:03 AM
hamptons1.....prettty sure the Judge did his research on this sentencing...he didn't pull 22 years out of a hat!!

I wish thy drug tested Oddone. Roid Rage is still my guess.
By wondering (61), Southampton on Apr 18, 10 4:07 AM
If they had tested him and found anything they would've probably lost the results or changed the story, like they did with his allegedly being drunk. The officer in his initial report said he was intoxicated, then on the stand committed perjury, when he said he had been mistaking. How many people were not intoxicated by 1am on that Wednesday night at the Publick House?
By ICE (1195), Southhampton on Apr 18, 10 4:17 PM
High Hat Size, aren't you going to weigh in here?
By wondering (61), Southampton on Apr 18, 10 4:08 AM
This all could have ended if he just got down. This all could have ended if he just let go when Mr. Reister lost consciousness. As children we are taught to never put anything around someone's neck. If you're going to act like an idiot, get in an altercation and put someone in a chokehold, you better be sure to check when they stop breathing. A clear indication is if the man beneath you is no longer moving and people are screaming at you that you're killing him. No hamptons 1, he may not have ...more
By Truth prevails (17), Long Island on Apr 18, 10 7:15 AM
Gotten down like everyone else? The girls were not asked to get down, so how can you say he would have gotten down like everyone else?
By ICE (1195), Southhampton on Apr 18, 10 4:20 PM
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Yes they were. Do you know what happened at all? Mr. Reister first went over to the table nearest the door and asked the man and woman to get down. The man was Anthony Oddone's friend. They got down after being asked, without incident. Then went to the table Anthony was dancing on.
By Truth prevails (17), Long Island on Apr 18, 10 5:54 PM
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By hamptons1 (12), southampton on Apr 18, 10 11:16 AM
Hat size??lol ...I am pretty sure oddone was told not to speak or else he would have. Something to do with the appeal process. He should have took the stand himself and told his story.It could not have hurt him. Get on the stand and speak the truth. He obviously has remorse that mr reister died. From what ive heard he had no witnesses on his behalf . From what i heard he did have a few but they were not us citzens and were scared off by police when first questioned. So like i said he takes ...more
By hamptons1 (12), southampton on Apr 18, 10 11:32 AM
I don't agree with you there hamptons 1. Had he taken the stand in his defense, the prosecutor would have had afield day with him. All of his prior incindents could then have been brought into the trial. I do, however, feel that everyone knew this. Therefore, his time to speak was at sentencing. Appeal or not, telling the family how sorry he was for making a horrible mistake could not have hurt him on appeal. Sitting there for months, not being able to speak, you would think he'd jump at the ...more
By Truth prevails (17), Long Island on Apr 18, 10 6:02 PM
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By hamptons1 (12), southampton on Apr 18, 10 11:55 AM
Can someone explain why my comments were removed??
By hamptons1 (12), southampton on Apr 18, 10 12:32 PM
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By hamptons1 (12), southampton on Apr 18, 10 12:33 PM
nothing inappropriate about my comments and just a perfect example of this case . What happened to freedom of speech.?? Guess certain people only want to hear opinions they agree with. Welll too bad that my opinion and its not bias in anyy way
By hamptons1 (12), southampton on Apr 18, 10 12:39 PM
1. Profanity
2. You left "half comments" that you followed up with completely written comments. I assumed you hit "submit" to soon.
By BOReilly (121), 27east Web Editor on Apr 20, 10 11:51 AM
The fact that all of u are on the reisters side and want oddone to get the electric chair. right?? an eye for an eye. Iam pretty sure oddones plan for that wednesday night was not to go out and get into a fight with a huge bouncer Also u all know he never thought he would kill the guy.
By hamptons1 (12), southampton on Apr 18, 10 12:45 PM
Stupid is as stupid does
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 18, 10 2:40 PM
AND I DON'T MEAN ANDREW.

I liked that saying that someone wrote above: One man's heaven is another man's hell. It sure is!!
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 18, 10 2:47 PM
well u tell me what he was thinking after he adjusted his grip to sink the choke hold deeper after andrew was already out cold.
tony was a lifelong punk and got exactly what he deserved
but it does not compare to the life sentence his wife and kids got
By Kaiser Sozay (30), east end on Apr 18, 10 2:24 PM
I couldn't say it better myself!!
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 18, 10 2:35 PM
Me either!!!
By honeylamb (70), East Quogue on Apr 19, 10 2:17 PM
Instead of patting each other on the back because your lives are so boring why dont u get. Off your butt and find something constructive to do..i. mean its. Amazing how u people sit on this site to see who can come up with the best one liners..if it was a relative or son u would be calling reister a punk bouncer who was used to throwing his weight around...sayimg its terrible but reister should have been in security uniform and. Had backup..they say he told him to get ,down once and then went ...more
By hamptons1 (12), southampton on Apr 18, 10 3:44 PM
Were you there?
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 18, 10 5:05 PM
I was there almost every day... you have no idea what you are talking about
By honeylamb (70), East Quogue on Apr 23, 10 2:43 PM
saying he adjusted his grip .. Get a clue , u dont adjust your grip on a choke hold, .How many ufc fighters died in a choke hold ? ? Not one till this day. thousands of fights and not one trachea has broke.Men much bigger and stronger then this oddone clown. I am Not saying reister deserved it and yes he should have let go. Saying oddone knew he may cause his death is very rediculous..
By hamptons1 (12), southampton on Apr 18, 10 4:35 PM
After Mr. Reister lost consciousness and they fell, Anthony did, in fact, reposition his body and adjust the chokehold. Those bones in his neck may have broken on the fall, but apparently were broken on impact from the side. This would make it seem as though they happened from the constant pressure being put on his neck. If you are conscious you can strain your neck from this pressure. When you're unconscious, you can't. Manslaughter 1 is not saying Anthony knew he was killing him. That would ...more
By Truth prevails (17), Long Island on Apr 18, 10 6:09 PM
I am done arguing with u people because i do feel terrible for both families.
By hamptons1 (12), southampton on Apr 18, 10 4:42 PM
Have a good night. No one is arguing with you. It is what it is.
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 18, 10 6:11 PM
thank you for such great insight on everything here. it is quite obvious that your forte is not typing, arguing or making any sort of good point here....
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Apr 19, 10 8:10 AM
ICE: You say there are guidelines for sentencing which prohibit excessive punishment, SO Judge Hinrich must have used the guidelines to give him the 22 years. He wouldn't have over-sentenced him if it was prohibited.
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 18, 10 7:41 PM
Hey Slammer Sammy, Let me apologize to u personally. You are correct my forte is not typing ,arguing, nor is it writing. I work in the hamptons during the summer and actually graduated from southampton college.(barely). I know the nightlife scene out there very well and ive seen many clashes between bouncers and customers. Wednesday nights i often went to the Public house. That summer i personally witnessed bouncers at the public house tossing people around like rag dolls. For all of u to ...more
By hamptons1 (12), southampton on Apr 19, 10 9:55 AM
No one said that Oddone jumped on Andy without being touched. It was documented by witnesses at the trail that Andy pushed Oddone off the table. It was also documented by Witnesses that Oddone attacked Andy from behind and would not let go even after Andy was unconscious. People were yelling at him to let go, one witness even screamed at him that he was going to kill him, and he still wouldn't let go. He could have let go as soon as Andy was unconscious and did what he did when he finally let ...more
By pstevens (385), Wilmington on Apr 19, 10 10:03 AM
my comment was not towards you, it was at localguy.

ive been to all the same bars and what not as you, including the ones in hampton bays where the bouncers throw people out by their ears...
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Apr 19, 10 5:52 PM
Life is about choices, Anthony made the wrong choice. If he had simply gotten down from the table, if he had let go once Andy was unconscious, we might not be talking about this right now. No he did not intend to kill anyone, but he did. Now he is answering for it. The sentence fits the crime. I doubt that Andy's being a corrections officer played a roll in the judges sentencing. Perhaps I am naive, but I think had Andy been a carpenter moonlighting as a bouncer, the sentence would have been ...more
By pstevens (385), Wilmington on Apr 19, 10 9:55 AM
Well, it will be quite interesting now to see what Jeffrey Conroy gets sentenced to for killing Marcelo Lucero. Pretty much got the same sentence as Oddone, not guilty of Murder 2, guilty of Manslaughter 1. Sentence could be anywhere between 8 - 25 years. Let's see if the opinion that one's profession plays a role in sentencing comes to light!
By SHres (16), Sag Harbor on Apr 19, 10 2:16 PM
Or in this case..the victims ethnicity...
By pstevens (385), Wilmington on Apr 19, 10 4:16 PM
If they brought back public hanging, perhaps in the square at Agawam Park in this case, it would this deter the same stupid crime from happening again? Or would it?

This morning, a white boy was convicted of manslaughter (as a hate crime) in the death of a young Hispanic further up the island and numerous hate crime assault charges as well. Both of these "murders" (call it what you like) were senseless crimes that could have been avoided if the individuals who perpetrated them had stopped ...more
By Dodger (102), Southampton Village on Apr 19, 10 2:35 PM
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this incident will be discussed for years to come; unfortunately ignorant people will be allowed to participate in the conversation. andrew was just about as nice a human being as anyone could meet. yes, he was 6' 4", 230 lbs., but he was not the body buillder as some of the misinformed here have tried to make him out to be. yes, he was a corrections officer, however, reflecting his docile nature, he worked in the prison library.
anthony oddone was a punk who had some of the members @ the Bridge ...more
By pvtchf (1), atlanta on Apr 20, 10 11:18 AM
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He was drunk, do you know this for a fact? If this is so, then the SHV police officer committed Perjury, when he testified that he had been mistaken in initially writing that Oddone was intoxicated. Just a taste of what will be brought up in the appeal.
By ICE (1195), Southhampton on Apr 20, 10 7:00 PM
Ahhh, indeed the passions are burning like a roaring flame...
By Mr. Z (5945), North Sea on Apr 20, 10 7:31 PM
He wasn't drunk on this night, just obnoxious. I sat through the countless hours of video tape of Anthony after being detained, then arrested. Thankfully, SHPD had video monitoring of the building. Officer Rodecker did not commit perjury. He filled out intoxicated because it was an assumption based on the hour of day, where the defendant was coming from, and his nervous condition. Even if he was drunk, he killed someone. There won't be an appeal granted. This trial was extremely fair.
By Truth prevails (17), Long Island on Apr 20, 10 8:45 PM
An appeal doesn't get granted, it gets filed, then adjudicated. Whether or not the decision gets over turned will be up to the NYS Court of Appeals, most certainly not you.

If Oddone was drunk that night, which he more than likely was (sober people don't get on tables to dance) and Officer Keystone knew, then he did commit Perjury, wouldn't be the first time a cop has been less than truthful on the stand.
By ICE (1195), Southhampton on Apr 20, 10 9:13 PM
And you really should have your facts straight on what occurred before making all of your comments. Your knowledge of the facts are wrong and yet you come on here throwing out an opinion based on false information. These are people's lives. Know what you're talking about before you make judgement. Maybe you should read all the facts before commenting anymore. And again, there will be no retrial. Watch and learn.
By Truth prevails (17), Long Island on Apr 21, 10 6:04 AM
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" . . . there will be no retrial . . . " ?

Juror misconduct will be one issue during the appeal, and it is possibly a reversible error IMO, in which case there could be a retrial.

Time will tell.
By PBR (4303), Southampton on Apr 21, 10 1:23 PM
Yes, time will tell.......
By Truth prevails (17), Long Island on Apr 21, 10 6:29 PM
Can we all just move forward with our lives and FINALLY put this story to rest?!?!?! Surely there are other things to talk about.....
By honeylamb (70), East Quogue on Apr 23, 10 2:45 PM
This whole incident has been tragic for all concerned.

Mr. Reister certainly did not deserve to lose his life, but neither does Anthony Oddone.

I feel sorry for Staci Reiser & her children and also for the Oddone family.

This was a barroom brawl, nothing intentional, nothing premeditated. Mr. Reister should not have, under any circumstances, been working in any capacity at a bar especially in such close promity to his job as a correction officer. I am sure that this is ...more
By shamrock (22), brooklyn on May 10, 10 5:01 PM
For all those interested - oddone is in attica prison with the worst of the worst. wow.
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on May 18, 10 11:01 PM
Shamrock..... you have no idea what you are talking about. Mr. Reister was allowed to work a second job, and was allowed to be in this setting. Those "rules" that you pretend to speak of pertain to POLICE OFFICERS... not CORRECTIONS OFFICERS. This also was not a "barroom brawl". It was ONE out of control patron who cared of nothing but himself. He had no respect for authority or rules whatsoever. I am SOOOO GLAD that he is being threatened in prison. At least he has some warning about the horrible ...more
By honeylamb (70), East Quogue on Jul 6, 10 9:55 AM
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