- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) - A Brooklyn rabbi has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the slayings of two men whose bodies were found in a vacant Hudson Valley home in 2010.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports (https://bit.ly/LRBZYv ) that an Orange County Court jury also found 44-year-old Victor Koltun guilty Monday of conspiracy and criminal possession of a weapon.

Prosecutors said during Koltun’s three-week trial that he hired two New York City men to kill former police officer Francis Piscopo because he had been trying to collect a debt Koltun owned to one of Piscopo’s friends. One of the hit men shot 49-year-old Piscopo and his 28-year-old nephew, Gerald Piscopo, inside a vacant home in the city of Newburgh in November 2010.

Koltun’s co-defendants pleaded guilty in 2011 to their roles in the slayings and are serving prison terms.


Information from: The Times Herald-Record, https://www.th-record.com

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