Quinoy not guilty on two counts; jury deadlocks on the third charge

A federal jury has just acquitted Sleepy Hollow police Det. Jose Quinoy on two of the three charges he faced in his civil rights trial. A mistrial was declared on the third charge after the jury reported it was hopelessly deadlocked on that count.

Quinoy, 37, was cleared of illegally using a stun gun on Luis Vilches on Dec. 17, 2006, after Vilches was handcuffed and under the control of other officers. He was also cleared of tampering with fellow officer Michael Hayes who wore a wire for the FBI and secretly recorded conversations with Quinoy and other Sleepy Hollow police officers.

The jury deadlocked on the first count of the indictment in which Quinoy was charged with punching and kicking Mario Gomez on Oct. 17, 2006, after a handcuffed Gomez was already complying with other officers. The incident stemmed from rumors that the married Quinoy was romancing Gomez’s 22-year-old daughter, Haydee. Mario Gomez came to the Sleepy Hollow police station to fight Quinoy that night and the charge came from Quinoy’s alleged post-fight actions against Gomez.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas scheduled an Aug. 10 conference at which time federal prosecutors are expected to decide whether they will re-try Quinoy on the Gomez charge.

Tim O'Connor

Timothy O'Connor has covered the federal justice system for The Journal News since 2002. He previously worked at newspapers in Orange County, New York, and New Jersey. Born and raised in the Bronx, he has a bachelor's degree in English and a master's in journalism.