Hicksville man on parole gets 7 years on drug, weapons charge

Robert Dandrea pleaded guilty Wednesday in Mineola to having a loaded, illegal handgun and heroin in his car when he was pulled over in Oceanside back in May.

Robert Dandrea pleaded guilty Wednesday in Mineola to having a loaded, illegal handgun and heroin in his car when he was pulled over in Oceanside back in May. (9/7/16)

MINEOLA - A Hicksville man paroled after serving 10 years for murdering his best friend was sentenced Wednesday to seven years on new charges.

Robert D'Andrea served 10 years of a seven years-to-life sentence for the 1993 shotgun murder of Bryan Levine. D'Andrea was 15 at the time of the murder; Levine was 16.

As News 12 Long Island has reported, D'Andrea was arrested for the murder in 1999 and treated as a juvenile during his trial.

Police say D'Andrea violated his parole in May after he was arrested in Island Park with heroin and a loaded, unlicensed handgun in his car.

Matt Levine, Bryan's father, was in the Mineola courtroom Wednesday. He asked to address the court, but was denied by the judge.

A statement from Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas said in part, "Our community will be a safer place with this defendant behind bars."

 

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