Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst on crime, corruption and terrorism.

Apr 16, 2014

Astoria Girlfriend Strangler Gets Life Without Parole

Astoria Girlfriend Strangler Gets Life Without Parole

The University of Florida law school graduate convicted of beating and strangling his girlfriend to death in her Queens apartment has been sentenced to life without parole, a judge said Tuesday.

Jul 23, 2013

Father Gets 12 Years in DWI Crash That Killed His Baby Girl

Father Gets 12 Years in DWI Crash That Killed His Baby Girl

A Long Island man involved in a drunken driving crash that killed his 10-month-old daughter has been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.

Mar 21, 2013

LI Man Admits to Conspiracy in Faked Beach Drowning

LI Man Admits to Conspiracy in Faked Beach Drowning

An unemployed man suspected of faking his own drowning at a New York beach to collect on life insurance has pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Jan 9, 2013

Final NJ Schoolyard Murder Defendant Gets 195 Years

Final NJ Schoolyard Murder Defendant Gets 195 Years

The final defendant convicted in a deadly New Jersey schoolyard attack has been sentenced to 195 years in prison.

Nov 14, 2012

LES Girlfriend Killer Sentenced to 25 Years to Life

LES Girlfriend Killer Sentenced to 25 Years to Life

A Manhattan man will spend 25 years to life in prison for killing his girlfriend. District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced the sentence for Raul Barrera. Sarah Coit was killed on April 10, 2011.

Nov 9, 2012

Final Newark Schoolyard Slayings Defendant Convicted

Final Newark Schoolyard Slayings Defendant Convicted

The final defendant in a brutal schoolyard attack that killed three college-bound friends and left a fourth seriously wounded was convicted on Friday, marking an end to a five-year odyssey for the...

Oct 4, 2012

Final Trial Under Way in Newark Schoolyard Murders

Final Trial Under Way in Newark Schoolyard Murders

The attorney for the sixth and final defendant charged in the 2007 killings of three friends at a Newark playground says his client was a bystander at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Oct 3, 2012

NJ Schoolyard Murder Victims' Kin Gird for Final Trial

NJ Schoolyard Murder Victims' Kin Gird for Final Trial

In a Newark courtroom this week, 12 jurors and a packed gallery will hear how four college-bound friends gathered at a schoolyard one summer night to drink sodas and listen to music, their young lives full...

Sep 28, 2012

Pre-Sentencing Hearing for LES Girlfriend Killer

Pre-Sentencing Hearing for LES Girlfriend Killer

A 33-year-old public relations executive arraigned on a murder charge in the stabbing death of his girlfriend attacked her so brutally that her internal organs protruded from one of her wounds, the...

Aug 29, 2012

Leiby Kletzky Killer Sentenced

Leiby Kletzky Killer Sentenced

The man who admitted to kidnapping, killing and dismembering an 8-year-old Orthodox Jewish boy from Brooklyn was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.

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Documents
Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Florida after crashing into a fountain at a traffic circle and flipping his car.

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

A group of expert hackers that attacked governments and corporations around the globe has been busted after its ringleader — one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals — turned against...

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

News 4's I-Team has obtained a videotape in which Lamont Pride confesses to firing the bullet that struck NYPD Officer Peter Figoski point-blank in the face. His attorney declined to

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused cop killer Lamont Pride told detectives the day after the shooting of Officer Peter Figoski that he was sorry for what happened and that he didn't want to kill a cop, according to police documents.

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

NBC New York's Jonathan Dienst has exclusively obtained a partial transcript of the confession that police say Levi Aron gave authorities during questioning for allegedly killing an 8-year-old boy.

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Mob Busts
Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

A mobster-turned-FBI-informant who is believed to have carried out a killing while helping the FBI track Mafiosos from Boston to Philadelphia was found dead in a New Jersey hotel last

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

A well-groomed New York City mobster has avoided getting the death penalty for ordering a gangland hit.

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Federal prosecutors say they've broken up a mob-run ring that recruited women from Russia and other Eastern European countries to dance at Long Island and Queens strip clubs.

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

DEA and FBI agents arrested four members of the Bonanno organized crime family early Friday for alleged crimes that include racketeering, gambling and drug sales. The father of a "Mob Wives" reality show...

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

Epic bust marks "largest single day operation" against organized crime.

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