CARMEL, N.Y.— A justice of the Putnam County Court last week denied Andrew Krivak’s motion to set aside his conviction for his role in the 1994 rape and murder of 12-year-old Carmel girl Josette Wright.
Krivak had been found guilty second-degree murder and rape in 1997. He was sentenced to a term of 25 years to life by the trial court. Krivak’s conviction was subsequently upheld on appeal.
Earlier this year, Krivak filed a motion claiming there was “newly discovered evidence” that, he contended, would result in his acquittal if he was granted a new trial. Putnam County District Attorney Bob Tendy said the court considered and rejected each argument advanced by Krivak, concluding that “given the overwhelming evidence of defendant’s guilt, the purported ‘new evidence’ is not likely to result in a more favorable verdict for defendant.”
Tendy said the court based its determination in large part on Krivak’s “detailed, voluntary confession,” which he provided to law enforcement following his arrest. He said the court noted that Krivak’s confession was corroborated by witness accounts, physical evidence, and forensic analysis.
The court concluded that the purported new evidence “pales in comparison” and did not warrant a new trial.
Tendy thanked Assistant District Attorney Larry Glasser for responding to Krivak’s motion and the current and former members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office who, he said, “worked tirelessly” on this case for more than two decades.
Krivak is currently serving a 25-years-to-life sentence in state prison and isn’t eligible for parole until 2021.