Sentencing Postponed in John White Manslaughter Case

UPDATED February 21

Shortly before Christmas, in December 2007, John White, 54 of Miller Place on Long Island was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Daniel Cicciaro a young man who had come to the White family's home with a group of youth who threatened Mr. White's son Aaron.

Sentencing was scheduled for Thursday February 21 at Criminal Court in Riverhead. But Judge Barbara Kahn granted a delay to March 19 requested by Mr. White's attorneys.

They said time was needed to review the recommendations of the pre-sentencing report.

In the trial the defense argued that John White had the right to defend his home and family and that the shooting was an accident.

On Thursday over 100 people, mostly in support of John White filled the court room and the hall outside.

The mother of the victim, Joanne Cicciaro told Long Island Newsday that the decision to postpone sentencing was unfair.

Speaking of John White she said "He doesn't want to go to jail. Obviously my son did not want to die"

An appeal in this case is being prepared and contributions to a Legal Defense Fund are being solicited.

Mr. White is supported by several Long Island NAACP Branches and by the Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network, the Nation of Islam
and 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care among others.

More about the case and the trial