ANDREW ZAYAC SENTENCED TO LIFE IN FEDERAL PRISON
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANDREW ZAYAC, 31, of Scarsdale, N.Y., was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to a lifetime term of imprisonment for the February 2009 robbery, kidnap and murder of Edward Rivera, 37, of the Bronx, N.Y.
“Justice has been served by this sentence, and I want to commend the members of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Danbury Police Department and United States Marshals Service who expertly investigated this matter,” stated U.S. Attorney Fein.
According to the evidence presented during the trial, in early 2009, ZAYAC negotiated the purchase of 68 pounds of marijuana from Edward Rivera. ZAYAC and Rivera arranged to meet on February 8, 2009, to complete the transaction. On that date, ZAYAC kidnapped Rivera from the Bronx for the purpose of robbing him of the marijuana. During the course of the kidnapping and robbery, Rivera was shot twice and died as a result of the gunshot wounds. ZAYAC and his associate, Heriberto Gonzalez, 31, also of the Bronx, then dumped Rivera’s body in Danbury, Connecticut, drove back to the Bronx and burned ZAYAC’s car.
On February 28, 2009, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at ZAYAC’s residence and seized approximately 61 pounds of marijuana. ZAYAC was arrested at that time.
On July 22, 2011, a federal jury found ZAYAC guilty of one count of kidnapping resulting in death, one count of murder during the commission of a robbery, one count of interference with commerce through the use of violence, one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, one count of conspiracy to use or possess a firearm in furtherance of crimes of violence and a narcotics trafficking offense, three counts of destruction/concealment of evidence, and one count of conspiracy to destroy/conceal evidence. The jury found ZAYAC not guilty of one count of premeditated murder.
On June 21, 2011, after a separate trial, a jury found Gonzalez guilty of one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, three counts of destruction/concealment of evidence, and one count of conspiracy to destroy/conceal evidence. On November 3, 2011, he was sentenced to 120 months of imprisonment.
ZAYAC has been detained since his arrest.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Danbury Police Department and the United States Marshals Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael J. Gustafson and Brian P. Leaming.
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