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Posted on: November 16, 2018

Homeless Man Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Setting Acquaintance on Fire in 2017

German Umanzor

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a homeless man was sentenced to 17 years in prison today for the September 2017 attempted murder of an acquaintance in which he started a fire next to the man’s legs causing burns so severe that his legs were amputated.


German Umanzor, 39, pled guilty on October 10 before Supervising Judge Teresa Corrigan to Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (a B violent felony).


“To this day, German Umanzor’s victim endures pain and suffering from the injuries sustained in this brutal attack,” DA Singas said. “This lengthy prison sentence ensures this violent menace will be off our streets for a very long time.”


DA Singas said on September 12, 2017, at approximately 6:00 pm, the victim, a homeless man, was sleeping on the ground in a wooded area near the Glen Cove train station when the defendant, also homeless, intentionally started a fire next to his legs. Following the incident, another acquaintance called 911, and when Glen Cove Police officials responded to the scene, the victim was found with severe burns to both of his legs. The two men had gotten into an argument earlier in the day.


After being transported to Nassau University Medical Center, doctors determined the burns were so severe that it was necessary to amputate the victim’s legs. He continues to recover from his injuries.


Following an investigation, the defendant was arrested by members of the Glen Cove Police Department on October 18, 2017.


Senior Assistant District Attorney Stefanie Palma of DA Singas’ Major Offense Bureau is prosecuting this case. Dana Grossblatt, Esq. represents the defendant.

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