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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Five Defendants Charged In White Plains Federal Court With Robbery And Murder In Swan Lake

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, James R. Farrell, the Sullivan County District Attorney, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), Joseph A. D’Amico, the Superintendent of the New York State Police (“NYSP”), Michael A. Schiff, the Sullivan County Sheriff, Robert Mir, the Chief of the Village of Monticello Police Department, and Scott Kinne, the Chief of the Village of Liberty Police Department, announced the unsealing of a Superseding Indictment charging JEFFREY HERRING, TRAVIS DAVIS, JESSE HUMMEL, MARK MACK, and ANDREW REYNOLDS with the October 12, 2015, robbery and murder of Michael Northcote, 34, in Swan Lake, New York.   

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “As alleged, these defendants undertook a violent home-invasion robbery, which resulted in the senseless murder of Michael Northcote.  I want to thank all our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, especially Sullivan County District Attorney James Farrell for his extraordinary partnership with our office in this important case.”

Sullivan County District Attorney James R. Farrell stated: “This indictment reflects the tireless work of all of the police officers, detectives, investigators, special agents and prosecutors assigned to this case, and their dedication to bringing those allegedly responsible for the robbery and homicide of Michael Northcote to justice. It is the product of unparalleled cooperation among local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies committed to holding accountable those who allegedly perpetrated these violent acts against Northcote, who was just 34 years old when he was killed during a home invasion. I would like to thank my colleagues in the United States Attorney's Office for their unwavering commitment to working together with my office and all of Sullivan County's law enforcement agencies. Our joint efforts make each of our agencies more effective than we would be if we worked independently of one another, which only enhances the safety of the Sullivan County community and strengthens our ability to do the right thing. This indictment is a step toward justice for Michael Northcote and his family, and I look forward to continued collaboration with our United States Attorney in this and other important cases.”

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Diego Rodriguez stated: “Violence isn’t limited to the big cities in this day and age.  However, when someone is robbed and murdered in their own home in a small town, it sends shockwaves through the community.  Our Safe Streets Task Forces work with our local law enforcement partners to keep this type of crime out of every neighborhood, big or small.”

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico stated: “This indictment is the direct result of the continued collaboration between the State Police and our law enforcement partners on the local and federal level. Because of this partnership, five alleged dangerous criminals are now off the streets and will be fully prosecuted for their involvement in this case.”

Sullivan County Sheriff Michael A. Schiff stated: “Through the coordinated effort of all of the participating law enforcement agencies, we were able to have a multiplier effect on this case and were able to bring these defendants to justice. I would like to thank the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, for taking on this case and ensuring that justice is served.”

Village of Monticello Police Chief Robert Mir stated: “Cooperation between all levels of law enforcement and the community are required to solve crimes. This impressive collaboration between the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, F.B.I., Monticello Police, Liberty Police, Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney General’s Office, has brought to justice several individuals who allegedly senselessly and viciously robbed and murdered a man. The Monticello Police Department is committed to our sworn oath and will continue to dedicate resources and work with our local, state and federal partners, in order to deliver the best police services. Too many people in our community have been lost to drugs and violence, and too many family members and friends are grieving. I hope that these arrests will bring some comfort and closure to the Northcote family.”

Village of Liberty Police Chief Scott Kinne stated: “The Village of Liberty Police remains committed to sharing our resources and working with all levels of law enforcement. All crimes, especially a violent crime of this nature, affect the residents of our county as a whole. Interagency cooperation is key in a case like this and because of this cooperation several violent criminals have been taken off the streets of Sullivan County.”

As alleged in the Superseding Indictment unsealed today in White Plains federal court,[1] on October 12, 2015, the defendants carried out a home-invasion robbery of Michael Northcote, a marijuana dealer, at 177 Cohen & Cohen Road, Swan Lake, New York.  In the course of the robbery, JEFFREY HERRING shot and killed Northcote.

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TRAVIS DAVIS and ANDREW REYNOLDS were taken into federal custody this morning.  JEFFREY HERRING and MARK MACK were already in state custody.  These four defendants were presented in White Plains federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith C. McCarthy.  JESSE HUMMEL was taken into federal custody last night in the District of Arizona and will be presented there today.  The case is assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth M. Karas.                                   

Charts containing the names of the defendants who were charged today, and the charges and maximum penalties they face, are attached.  The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencings of the defendants would be determined by the respective judges.

Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI, the New York State Police, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, the Village of Monticello Police Department, the Village of Liberty Police Department, the Town of Fallsburg Police Department, the United States Marshals Service, the New York City Police Department, and the Casa Grande, Arizona, Police Department.  Mr. Bharara also thanked the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office for its assistance in the case.

The case is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Gerber and Lauren Schorr are in charge of the prosecutions.

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

 

CHARGE(S)

DEFENDANT(S)

MAXIMUM PENALTIES

Robbery conspiracy

 

JEFFREY HERRING,

TRAVIS DAVIS,

JESSE HUMMEL,

MARK MACK, and

ANDREW REYNOLDS

20 years in prison

 

 

Robbery

JEFFREY HERRING,

TRAVIS DAVIS,

JESSE HUMMEL,

MARK MACK, and

ANDREW REYNOLDS

20 years in prison

 

 

Murder

 

JEFFREY HERRING,

TRAVIS DAVIS,

JESSE HUMMEL,

MARK MACK, and

ANDREW REYNOLDS

Life in prison, or the death penalty

Mandatory minimum:
5 years in prison, to be imposed consecutively to any other sentence

 

 


[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Superseding Indictment and the descriptions of the Superseding Indictment set forth below constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

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Topic: 
Violent Crimes
Updated May 5, 2016