Sandy Anabi case: Judge grants Mangone pre-sentencing vacation

NEW YORK Disgraced lawyerattorney Anthony Mangone will get some time in the sun before he’s sentenced on federal corruption and bribery charges.

Just when he will be sentenced remains undetermined — but his vacation is a done deal.

U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon on Tuesday granted Mangone, 39, permission to travel to Palm Beach, Fla., the day after Christmas for a five-day stay.

“The purpose of the trip is to visit family living in the Palm Beach County area,” Mangone’s lawyerattorney, James DeVita, wrote in a letter to McMahon. The judge promptly approved the request.

Mangone was indicted in January 2010 with former Yonkers Councilwoman Sandy Annabi and onetime city GOP boss Zehy Jereis, but later pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

His sentencing date has not been set.

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We’re back from winter break

Completely Legal has returned after a week off, and we have lots of news to share.

The big story today is the U.S. Attorney’s public corruption indictments of three Westchester County political insiders: former Yonkers Councilwoman Sandi Annabi, former Yonkers GOP Chairman Zehy Jereis and lawyer Anthony Mangone. To read the full story, click here.

Tomorrow, in Westchester County Court, pre-trial hearings begin for Manhattan jeweler Werner Lippe, accused of killing his wife, Faith Lippe, whose remains have yet to be found. Lippe, who lived in Cortlandt before his arrest, is charged with second-degree murder.

werner lippeThe hearing may give some insight into what evidence the prosecution wants to introduce at trial, such as forensic evidence and statements that Lippe made to police after he was arrested Oct. 30. Investigators theorize that her body may have been burned shortly after Werner Lippe reported her missing – a ruse, they say, that was intended to throw police off the trail. Police have brought in experts in biochemistry and forensic anthropology to help build a case against Lippe, 67.

Faith Lippe, 49, was a well-liked nutrition consultant for the Ossining school district. The couple had two children – Andrew, 15, and Stephanie, 13.

Photo courtesy of the Westchester County District Attorney’s office