Defendants: Steven Santiago (DOB 04/26/88) Ivan Bonilla (DOB 06/06/88)
Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced Steven Santiago, of Manhattan, and Ivan Bonilla, of the Bronx, were sentenced to prison following a jury trial for breaking into homes in Harrison and New Rochelle. Westchester County Court Judge David Zuckerman presided.
They were found guilty on four charges each by a jury in May to: two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, class C violent felonies; Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony; and Attempted Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor.
They were sentenced to the following: Santiago, as a persistent violent felon, was given 20 years to life for each of the two burglary counts. The sentences will run concurrently (at the same time). Sentences for the two lesser charges also will be served concurrently. Bonilla was sentenced to 10 years in state prison for each of the two burglaries to run consecutively. Sentences for the two lesser charges will be served concurrently.
In court, the victim of the Harrison break-in, Sandra Lattanzio, read a powerful statement that reflected the impact the crime had on her after she walked in on the men ransacking her home. “Every time I put my key in the door I have a feeling of dread and I relive the whole experience. I have not felt safe in my home since you violated my space.”
Detectives with Harrison Police led the investigations leading to the arrest and prosecution of these two defendants. Assistant District Attorneys Daniel Flecha and Christine O’Connor, Deputy Division Chief of the Supreme Court Trial Division, prosecuted the case.