Teen who murdered father in Vernon arrested again in NYC

By ANDREW DONOVAN

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Joseph Giacona III, Oneida County's youngest-ever client on a murder charge for killing his father, was arrested for another incident this week in Manhattan.

According to court officials in Manhattan, Giacona, who is now 18 years old, was arrested for attempted robbery and a weapons charge on February 18.

He was released on his own recognizance, which means he is now free without having to post bail until his next court appearance, which is scheduled for Friday in Manhattan.

Giacona was 13 years old when he shot and killed his father as he lay on a couch in their Vernon home in 2008.

He was Oneida County's youngest-ever client on a murder charge, represented by the county public defender in court.

Due to Giacona's age, his case was sent back to family court, where he was treated as a juvenile delinquent and sent to a detention center in Albany.

Officials with the public defender's office say there was evidence that the youth had been mentally and physically abused by his father. He only spent a few months in the detention center, apparently doing well there, as he has been free for about three years.

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