Suspect in deputy-involved shooting accepts plea deal

Updated: 08/14/2014 12:18 AM
Created: 08/13/2014 6:41 AM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen

A man from Ogden took a plea deal in a series of crimes last January that ended with a Monroe County Sheriff's deputy shooting him.

Vincenzo Zagari was accused of robbing a bank in Ogden, then the next day, police say he shoplifted and carjacked a woman before the deputy shot him. Now he will spend the next 12 years in prison.

It was a full courtroom -- Zagari's family and supporters on one side, deputies from the sheriff's office on the other and in front of the judge, Vincenzo Zagari, who pleaded guilty to menacing a police officer and two counts of attempted robbery.

Afterward, Prosecutor Patrick Farrell explained why they agreed to a deal. “The fact that he was taking responsibility for his actions that day as well as with the maximum sentence being involved and waiving his right to appeal."

The violent incident occurred across the street from Pittsford Plaza. Zagari was being pursued after he was seen shoplifting from the Pittsford Wegmans and driving away in a stolen car. He was shot in the chest by Deputy Bridget Davis after he attacked the deputy with a hammer and then pulled out a BB gun.

In court, Zagari was made to re-count the incident, saying the deputy chased him down, saw the gun, which he called a "fake gun," she told him to put it down and he acknowledged that he ignored that order. He also pled guilty today to trying to rob a bank in Spencerport a day earlier.

Zagari's mother, AnnMarie, says despite his crimes, she supports her son. “My son is going to be held accountable. I don't take the crime away from him. He's taken accountability for his action and I applaud him for that. He's growing up. He's clean and he's growing up right now.”

Zagari was an accomplished state-champion wrestler in high school but his mother says a sports injury led to an addiction to pills and several stints in rehab. She says she's confident he'll emerge from prison a better person. “He's going to learn his lessons and he's going to go on and become a great person in life and I do believe that he's survived because he will be making changes in the world in helping other kids."

Zagari also waived his right to appeal. He will be sentenced next month.

A spokesperson for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office tells us Deputy Davis was not in court today but prosecutors tell us she was consulted on the plea deal and was on-board with what was offered.


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