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Five defendants charged with robbery and murder In Swan Lake

Michael Northcote was allegedly murdered in October 2015.


May 6, 2016

A superseding indictment was unsealed on May 5 charging five men with various felonies in the October 12, 2015, robbery and murder of Michael Northcote, 34, of Swan Lake, New York.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “As alleged, these defendants undertook a violent home-invasion robbery, which resulted in the senseless murder of Michael Northcote."

Sullivan County District Attorney James R. Farrell stated: “This indictment reflects the tireless work of all of the police officers, detectives, investigators, special agents and prosecutors assigned to this case, and their dedication to bringing those allegedly responsible for the robbery and homicide of Michael Northcote to justice. It is the product of unparalleled cooperation among local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies committed to holding accountable those who allegedly perpetrated these violent acts against Northcote, who was just 34 years old when he was killed during a home invasion. This indictment is a step toward justice for Michael Northcote and his family, and I look forward to continued collaboration with our United States Attorney in this and other important cases.”

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Diego Rodriguez stated: “Violence isn’t limited to the big cities in this day and age. However, when someone is robbed and murdered in their own home in a small town, it sends shockwaves through the community. Our Safe Streets Task Forces work with our local law enforcement partners to keep this type of crime out of every neighborhood, big or small.”

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico stated: “This indictment is the direct result of the continued collaboration between the State Police and our law enforcement partners on the local and federal level. Because of this partnership, five alleged dangerous criminals are now off the streets and will be fully prosecuted for their involvement in this case.”

Sullivan County Sheriff Michael A. Schiff stated: “Through the coordinated effort of all of the participating law enforcement agencies, we were able to have a multiplier effect on this case and were able to bring these defendants to justice. I would like to thank the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, for taking on this case and ensuring that justice is served.”