LI dad's sentence changed to time served in '06 shooting

MILLER PLACE - Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.) announced today that he has commuted the sentence for a Miller Place father convicted of killing a teenager in 2006 during a racially-charged shooting to time served.

"I want to thank the governor for making this happen today," White told reporters after arriving home.

White, who was sentenced to up to four years behind bars for the shooting death of 17-year-old Daniel Cicciaro, Jr. began serving his term in July.

As News 12 Long Island has reported, White claimed Cicciaro and a group of friends showed up at his house and threatened his son.

White says his gun accidentally went off when Cicciaro tried to grab it.

"The action I am taking today is one of understanding, forgiveness, and hope, which I believe are the essential components of justice," Paterson said in a statement.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota expressed disagreement with Paterson's decision, saying the governor "should have had the decency and the compassion to at least contact the victim's family to allow them to be heard before commuting the defendant's sentence."

The NAACP released a statement late this afternoon commending Paterson's decision to commute White's sentence.

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