Acting state Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bartlett today delayed releasing her verdict on a felony gang assault charge against Victor Dempsey, who is accused taking part in a brawl during which a rival gang member suffered 150 stitches across his face and other injuries.
Bartlett rescheduled her verdict announcement for Sept. 1 during her calendar session in the Rockland County Courthouse in New City. Prosecutor Stephen Moore came to work on a vacation day before learning around noon that the judge had adjourned a decision.
Bartlett originally scheduled a verdict for Tuesday, after hearing testimony over several days. The prosecution evidence included Dempsey’s statements to police and surveillance tape showing him carrying a gun inside the building.
Dempsey, 23, of Spring Valley, a reputed Bloods gangsta, is accused of joining other reputed Bloods who attacked supposed Crips members in December at the apartment complex at 150 Liberty Parkway in Spring Valley.
While six of his friends pleaded guilty to first-degree gang assault and received state prison sentence, Dempsey opted for a non-jury trial before Bartlett. He faces more than a dozen years in prison if convicted.
A dispute between a reputed Bloods gang member and Crip gangsta led to the fight in December. All the suspects were caught on surveillance video entering the apartment building, some armed with a machete, knives, a gun, a metal pipe, BB gun, and brass knuckles.