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Sep 25, 2012 4:06 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Man Sentenced To One Year In Prison For Shooting

Sep 25, 2012 5:13 PM

Frank A. Hanna, 30, who was charged with shooting Frederic Stephens Jr., 20, at Mr. Hanna’s house in East Hampton in May, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of second-degree assault and was sentenced in Suffolk County Criminal Court on September 10.

Justice Mark D. Cohen sentenced Mr. Hanna to one year in jail and approved an eight-year order of protection for Mr. Stephens, according to New York State court records.

East Hampton Town Police had arrested Mr. Hanna on May 30 at his home on Springs-Fireplace Road. He was charged at that time with second-degree menacing, a misdemeanor, as well as second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon, another felony. Mr. Hanna and Mr. Stephens were friends, the victim’s mother, Tieya Bacon, had said after Mr. Hanna’s arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court late last spring, and Mr. Hanna had been fooling around with the gun, at first pointing it at Mr. Stephens’s head. Instead, the gun sent a single bullet through his arm and into his torso, striking an artery in the process.

After the shooting, Kimberly M. Delrio of Springs, with Mr. Stephens in the car and the police in pursuit, speeded toward the hospital, stopping first at a gas station where the victim declared to police that he’d been shot. The chase that ensued was described by East Hampton Village Police as extremely dangerous, and involved numerous police departments before concluding at Southampton Hospital, from which Mr. Stephens was transferred to Stony Brook.

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