3rd person sentenced in murder of a Stamford man in 2016

STAMFORD — The last defendant charged in connection with the murder of a Stamford man in 2016 pleaded guilty Friday to a charge that will land him in jail for just six months, news reports indicate.

Max Gemma, 31, pleaded guilty in Manhattan court to one count of hindering the prosecution, according to the NY Post .

In court, Gemma confessed to trying to help cover up the killing of Joseph Comunale, 26, of Stamford — whose body was found in a shallow grave in New Jersey on Nov. 16, 2016.

The co-defendants, James Rackover and Larry Dilione, were already convicted of killing the Stamford resident. Rackover was convicted of murder and sentenced to 28 and two-third years to life in prison. Dilione was sentenced to serve 23 years after he pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter.

Accordign to the NY Post, Rackover and Dilione beat Comunale on Nov. 13, 2016, during an argument sparked by their supply of cocaine running out inside an apartment on East 59th Street in New York City.

“You, Max Gemma, lied to police and concealed that you witnessed Mr. Rackover and Mr. Dilione attack and beat Joseph Comunale?” Justice James Burke asked Gemma, according to […]

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