Anthony Oddone, 32, was sentenced on March 19 to time served, or just over five years in prison, as well as five years probation, after pleading guilty to a manslaughter charge tied to the 2008 death of a Suffolk County corrections officer, Andrew Reister, a Southampton resident who was killed after an altercation with Mr. Oddone at the Southampton Publick House.
The sentence was a part of a plea deal worked out between the defense and prosecution at the request of Mr. Reister’s widow, Stacey.
Mr. Oddone was initially convicted of first-degree manslaughter in 2009 after he put Mr. Reister, 40, in a headlock in August 2008 during an altercation at the Publick House where Mr. Reister worked a second job as a bouncer. Mr. Reister was left unconscious and ultimately declared brain dead two days later.
That conviction was overturned by the state Court of Appeals in December after the court found Justice C. Randall Hinrichs had erred when he did not allow the defense to cross examine a witness about statements made regarding the length of time Mr. Reister was held in a headlock by Mr. Oddone. Mr. Oddone was released on $500,000 bail pending a new trail.
While the prosecution maintained that it believed it could gain another conviction against Mr. Oddone, it chose not to proceed and seek the plea deal at the request of the Reister family.