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Giacona sentenced to 3 years restrictive placement

By By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) -The Vernon teen who admitted shooting and killing his father will spend three years in the custody of the State Office of Children and Family Services.

Joseph Giacona III shot and killed his father, Joseph Giacona Jr., as the man slept in his Vernon home in January of last year.

Thursday in Oneida County Family Court, Judge Randal Caldwell told 14-year-old Giacona that a lot of people let him down. He said the teen suffered verbal and physical abuse from his father, and that he also witnessed domestic violence among others. Giacona's attorney agrees; his client is a victim.

"And it's a shame that the individuals involved in my client's life didn't step up to the plate and stop the abuse when they could have and if they had we probably wouldn't be here today," said Attorney Carl Graziadei. Graziadei felt the teen should have been placed with family and received treatment in the community. He's appealing the judge's decision.

Giacona is receiving credit for time served so two years of that three-year commitment remain. During that time, the teen will undergo extensive psychological testing and treatment. Two years from now, the State Office of Children and Family Services will decide whether to extend Giacona's commitment, or release him.

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