UPDATE: Amagansett Victim’s Friends Protest Hit-And-Run Driver’s Sentence; Vigil Planned For Monday


UPDATE: Friday, 4 p.m.

When Edward L. Orr is sentenced on April 24, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office will seek a sentence of two to six years in state prison, Robert Clifford, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota, said in an email on Thursday.

On Friday, friends of victim John Judge were mounting a protest to let the district attorney and Justice William Condon know that they felt that sentence was too lenient.

A candlelight vigil is being planned for 7 p.m. on Monday in front of Astro Pizza, according to Allison Lupo, whose family owns the restaurant and who were close friends of Mr. Judge. The vigil will be held on the south side of Main Street where Mr. Judge was found.

Ms. Lupo said her son, Gianfelice Lupo, “came up with a really good slogan: ‘More for Orr.’” The Lupos drafted a petition asking for “justice for John” on Friday, and the first page of one at Astro Pizza was filled by midafternoon, Ms. Lupo said. Other petitions are at Springs Hardware on Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton and at the 27 Inn (formerly the Dutch Motel) on Pantigo Road in East Hampton. They hope to get them to the D.A.’s office before sentencing, “so that the judge can think about it before he agrees to it,” Ms. Lupo said of the recommended sentence.

Original story:

Edward L. Orr, 30, of Montauk, who drove a car that fatally struck a man in Amagansett last October, pleaded guilty to one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident and one felony count of tampering with physical evidence in Suffolk County Criminal Court on Wednesday.

John Judge, 61, of Amagansett was found by East Hampton Town Councilman Dominick Stanzione on Main Street on October 23 and pronounced dead at Southampton Hospital. After an investigation of over three months, East Hampton Town Police linked evidence at the scene to Mr. Orr’s Jeep Cherokee, which detectives recovered in New Jersey. They arrested Mr. Orr at home on February 7, and he initially pleaded not guilty to the two felony counts before Suffolk County Justice William Condon on February 15. After failing to post bail, he has been in the Suffolk County jail in Riverside since the time of his arrest.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 24. The punishment for leaving the scene of a fatal accident can be up to seven years in jail, and for tampering with physical evidence it can be up to four years. A third charge of criminal mischief was dismissed in light of the guilty plea, according to Suffolk County court records.

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