New York Co-Chairs:
Patricia Bodnar, Monroe
Her husband, Alex Bodnar, a retired police officer was stabbed to death by a 29 year-old intruder, Ronald Cummings who broke into their home while they slept, August 3, 1990. As Cummings demanded money from Alex he was also trying to attack and rape Patricia. He stabbed Alex in the chest, however Alex was able to crawl to the bathroom to retrieve his .38 caliber handgun. The suspect followed Alex and in a bloody struggle, stabbed Alex five times in the stomach and chest killing him but not before Alex was able to shoot and kill his attacker. An accomplice, Donald Carrington, awaiting in a car was later arrested, found guilty of two counts of first degree burglary and sentenced to eight to twenty-five years in prison. It was later learned that the two perpetrators had chosen the Bodnar home by mistake. Carrington was released on parole in 2008. He violated his parole and was sent back to prison. He was released again and was picked up by the police and taken to the Monroe Police Station, in Patricia's neighborhood! The search for him consisted of dogs, the SWAT teams, helicopters and the local schools were locked down. Carrington was caught, yet Patricia re-lived her "night of terror" all over again.
Barbara Connelly, Shirley
Her son, James Francis Connelly, 15 left home at 2:30 p.m. on January 22, 1979 planning to help his friend paint an apartment. At 7:30 p.m. that same day, the family received a phone call that there was "trouble" with the car and Jimmy would be late. Jimmy never returned home. He was found dead, stabbed twenty-two times. Jimmy had been chased through an industrial park where he collapsed. His killer, John Duffy was an acquaintance whom Jimmy had met that day who finally turned himself in, July 1980. He was then let out on bail and while awaiting trial, the perpetrator tried to kill a woman in January 1981. She survived but dropped the charges against him. Duffy was convicted of Jimmy's murder in November 1981 and sentenced to twenty years to life, January 20, 1982. He has been denied parole for the 4th time since he was first eligible on September 11, 2001.
June and George Ginty, Riverhead
Daughter, Kathleen Marie Ginty, 24, was stabbed to death in her
apartment by her ex-boyfriend, July 16, 1994. Kathleen had returned home from work when the ex-boyfriend broke into her apartment. He stabbed her with a four foot samurai sword because she refused to continue to date him. The killer was arrested, convicted and sentenced to twenty years to life, August 1995.
Janice Grieshaber Geddes, Manlius
Daughter, Jenna Grieshaber, 22, murdered in her apartment
by a paroled violent felon, Nicholas Pryor, November 6, 1997. Jenna was preparing to graduate from college with a degree in nursing and was stalked by her eventual killer even though he had recently moved from her apartment building. Pryor had a 14-year criminal record of violence that included felony convictions for robbery and stabbing a person. The perpetrator was convicted and sentenced September 1998 to twenty-five years to life for her murder. Jenna is the namesake for the historic "Jenna's Law" passed in New York in 1998.