Updated: 03/14/2014 12:10 PM
Created: 03/14/2014 10:24 AM WHEC.com
By: Nikki Rudd
Family members were in court Friday to support the Ogden man who was shot by a sheriff's deputy in Pittsford in January. News10NBC was in the courtroom as an indictment was unsealed against Vincenzo Zagari. Now he’s facing new charges.
He went from being a star wrestler at Spencerport High School to a convicted felon. Vincenzo Zagari pleaded not guilty Friday morning to nine counts, including menacing a police officer, grand larceny and drug charges.
Zagari was wheeled into the courtroom in a wheelchair wearing an orange jail jumpsuit. His parents and other family members were there to support him. They had no comment.
There was also support from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Two road deputies in uniform stood at the back of the courtroom for the proceeding. There were also extra court deputies standing by and two jail deputies guarding Zagari.
The prosecution claims Zagari, who is a predicate felon, went on a crime spree in January. He’s accused of stealing a car in Spencerport then going to Pittsford Plaza. That’s where the prosecution says he shoplifted from Wegmans. He’s also accused of trying to carjack a woman in the parking lot and then after being chased by deputies, police say he threatened a deputy with a hammer and two realistic looking BB guns.
Zagari was shot in the chest and hand. He was in the hospital for about a month before being transferred to the Monroe County Jail. On Friday, his defense attorney argued his client isn't going anywhere and should be allowed out on bail.
Brian DeCarolis, Defense Attorney, said, “He needs as good medical care that he can receive no matter what he's accused of doing, no matter what the allegations are. He's a human being and he deserves the best medical care that he can receive.”
Pat Farrell, Assistant District Attorney, said, “Based on Mr. Zagari’s history. He should not be out of custody and that’s why I asked for such high bail. I think the medical care Mr. Zagari is being provided within the Monroe County Jail is just fine.”
Police have said Zagari is also a person of interest in an attempted armed bank robbery at the M&T Bank in Spencerport the day before the incident in Pittsford. Zagari's previous felony conviction stems from an arrest in 2012 after a shooting in Wheatland. He was convicted of attempted criminal sale of a firearm and given five years’ probation.
Bail was set at $150,000 cash, $500,000 bond, but Zagari is still being held on no bail for his violation of probation charge. He's due back in court April 22.
The investigation into Zagari continues. There could be additional charges. As for the deputy who shot him, News10NBC has learned Deputy Bridget Davis is doing well and back working road patrol for the sheriff's office.