An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the bond set by a New York judge against a teenager after his arrest in connection with a shooting outside the Long Island home of U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin was not unconstitutional.
Defense attorneys for 18-year-old Noah Green appealed the Suffolk County District Attorney’s decision to request bail, arguing it was excessive. The court set Green’s bail at $1 million cash, $2 million bond or $10 million partially secured bond.
“We are pleased with the high court’s decision,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney. “As I’ve said before, in Suffolk County, we investigate every time a gun is fired illegally. In this case, the gun used in the shooting outside the home of Congressman Zeldin on October 9 was allegedly recovered from this defendant’s pocket. “This ruling solidifies our commitment to fairly prosecute those who perpetrate acts of violence in our community. Once again, the investigation in this case is not complete.”
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Green is charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle in the Third Degree. -degree and resistance to arrest.
The October 9 shooting took place outside Zeldin’s home in Shirley, New York. At the time, the Republican lawmaker was running for governor on a tough anti-crime platform against Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, criticizing, among other things, cashless bail. Hochul lost on election day.
Zeldin and his wife were not home when the shots were fired and had recently left to attend a Columbus Day parade in the Bronx.
Green was arrested Oct. 31 after fleeing a stolen vehicle and jumping on a police car before pulling a gun from his pocket, prosecutors said.
The weapon allegedly matched the one used in front of Zeldin’s house. Additionally, two .9mm casings were found in the stolen car and are believed to have been used in the shooting, authorities said.
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The charges against Green stem from his arrest. He has yet to be charged with anything related to the shooting outside Zeldin’s home, prosecutors said.
That incident is still under investigation, they said.
Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.