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Aug 23, 2011 5:53 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Court Delays Sentencing Of East Hampton Woman Until October

Aug 24, 2011 10:49 AM

The sentencing of an East Hampton woman charged with her third DWI last fall after slamming her Land Rover into a car belonging to an East Quogue couple—sending the driver and all three passengers to the hospital—was adjourned on Tuesday until October 18.

The driver, Charlotte DePersia, was scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday morning in Suffolk County Criminal Court in Central Islip on charges of DWI and vehicular assault, both felonies, as well as driving with an open container of alcohol in her car and crossing the median, both traffic violations, according to Robert Clifford, a spokesman for the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.

As part of her guilty plea, Ms. DePersia was not expected to serve jail time—much to the dismay of her victims.

On Tuesday, Ms. DePersia’s lawyer, Tad Scharfenberg of Bohemia, said he asked Judge William Condon to adjourn the sentencing until October so that the attorney has time to review a presentencing report that he received earlier in the day. Mr. Scharfenberg declined to detail the contents of the report.

“I told the court I wanted to review everything, and I wanted to give them certain information,” Mr. Scharfenberg said. He explained that he intends to present the court with information on how Ms. DePersia is performing in her alcohol rehabilitation sessions, which she has been attending for the past few months.

Matthew Gluck, the driver of the car that was hit by Ms. DePersia on November 27, 2010, said that he and his wife, Lindsay Soyka, were not in the courtroom on Tuesday because they learned beforehand that she would not be sentenced. They have attended all of Ms. DePersia’s earlier court proceedings.

“It doesn’t make much sense to me that it would be delayed to October,” Mr. Gluck said, expressing doubts that she would be sentenced to prison in the fall. “She won’t be sentenced.”

According to Mr. Scharfenberg, Ms. DePersia was going to be ordered to complete community service and be put on probation for three years. Her license was also going to be revoked, he said.

Mr. Gluck has argued that Ms. DePersia should serve jail time, as it was her third alcohol-related offense and second involving a motor vehicle accident; the district attorney’s office is recommending the maximum sentence of 16 months to four years in state prison.

Ms. DePersia was arrested last fall after she slammed her vehicle into the side of Mr. Gluck’s BMW on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. Mr. Gluck, his wife and their two friends, Mark and Karyn Scholack, were all rushed to Southampton Hospital as a result of the crash. Ms. Soyka has endured multiple surgeries stemming from injuries that she suffered in the accident, while Ms. Scholack—who was pregnant at the time—had to contend with a broken rib for the duration of her pregnancy.

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just seems as though the guilty have it made in this world.

How sad for the people involved in this accident, how many DWI's has this woman gotten CAUGHT for?
By just breath (82), yuck on Aug 25, 11 9:35 AM
Sounds like the defendant's lawyer is worried that the publicity generated by Mr. Gluck may sway the judge to imprison Ms. DePersia and is asking for more time to reinforce his plea for probation.

Following the criminal trial, Mr. Gluck and his fellow plaintiffs will be filing multi-million dollar civil actions for damages against the DePersias. Is this public campaign for imprisonment primarily an attempt to augment the evidence in favor of a generous award? In a previous article, Mr. ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Aug 25, 11 9:39 AM
HHS said:

"Then there was the photo of the Glucks that accompanied the original article: the loving couple exchanging a gentle kiss while holding their infant son and the family puppy. Who decided on that staged tableau? Who wanted it included in the story?

Has the Press has been co-opted in a plan to access the DePersias' deep pockets? "

Nothing like drumming up conspiracies! I'm actually impressed with the angle you are playing on this one... instead of questioning ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Aug 25, 11 12:01 PM
How much jail time should be the only question. Pleading quility and walking for the 3rd time is the real crime.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 25, 11 2:32 PM
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to Nature:

You have, simply, mistaken the meaning of the verb "co-opt". It describes the appropriation of a group (or a newspaper) by an outside interest that results from the group's failure to recognize the attempt.

So, no, the Press certainly did not "scheme" with Mr. Gluck to enhance the reward in his civil case. At most, it has been duped by a clever plaintiff manipulating an objective journal to achieve partisan ends.

As for the photo, it certainly evokes the ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Aug 25, 11 2:45 PM
The privileged always walk in this world. End of story.
Vote Ron Paul.
By Johnny Nova (83), Northampton on Aug 31, 11 9:40 PM