Two Rockville Centre men indicted in murder


Two residents of Old Mill Court — Charles Parsley and Kasaun White — were indicted on June 10 by a Westchester County grand jury for their alleged role in the fatal shooting of a Yonkers woman. The two were arrested in Rockville Centre on May 20 and charged with the murder of Sandra Hackley, 36, and the injury of her husband, Rafael Cornielle, 31, and her 12-year-old daughter.

According to Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore, video surveillance from the apartment complex where Hackley lived showed the two men entering the Yonkers building on the evening of April 21. One of the accused was dressed as a UPS deliveryman, DiFiore said.

The D.A. said that when Cornielle opened the door to accept the UPS “delivery,” the two men stormed into the apartment and fired their handguns at point blank range. After being shot multiple times and surviving a shot to his torso, Cornielle fled to the street. Hackely was shot five times in the living room of her apartment and died at the scene. Her daughter was shot once in the leg. A second 6-year-old daughter, who was in the apartment at the time, was unharmed.

Parsley and White, neighbors in 19C and 21B Old Mill Court, were charged with two counts of second-degree murder, one count of attempted murder, three counts of assault, one count of burglary and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

An extensive investigation by Yonkers police led them to Rockville Centre where Parsley and White were arrested during an early-morning raid that was jointly conducted by detectives from the Rockville Centre Police Department, Yonkers police and officers from Nassau County's Bureau of Special Operations. Yonkers detectives had obtained a search warrant for the suspects' apartments as well as for 188 N. Centre Ave. Police said they seized two loaded weapons, illegal narcotics and evidence wanted in the investigation during the raid.

The indictment alleges that the shootings were not random and that Parsley and White had targeted the family. Both defendants remain in Westchester County Jail awaiting arraignment. If convicted, they face a maximum of 25 years-to-life in state prison.

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