MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a man from Ridge has pleaded guilty to Murder in the Second Degree for the November 2016 death of an East Meadow man inside a Hicksville motel room.
Vincent Dalton, 52, pleaded guilty today before Acting Supreme Court Justice Teresa Corrigan to Murder in the Second Degree (an A-I felony). The defendant is due back in court March 20 and is expected to be sentenced to 23 years to life in prison.
“This defendant tied up and brutally murdered his 39-year-old victim in a Hicksville motel room, stole his credit cards, and tried to use one at McDonald’s,” DA Singas said. “Thanks to surveillance video and good police work by the Nassau Police Department, we have brought him to justice.”
DA Singas said on November 19, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., the victim, 39-year-old Erik O’Connell, was found hog tied on the floor of a room inside the Econo Lodge in Hicksville by motel staff. When police arrived at the scene it was determined he died from blunt force trauma to the head. A weapon was never recovered.
Following an investigation, Nassau County Police arrested the defendant, Vincent Dalton on November 23, 2016. Surveillance video from November 19, showed the victim and defendant walking into and out of The Headliner Bar in Hicksville together, approximately half a mile from the motel.
Additional surveillance video then showed the defendant and victim walking into the motel room together at 11:45 p.m. on November 18, and the defendant leaving by himself at approximately 3:00 a.m. on November 19 with items believed to belong to the victim. The following morning, the defendant also attempted to use the victim’s credit cards at a McDonald’s and a nearby deli in Brentwood.
Senior Trial Attorney Martin Meaney of DA Singas’ Major Offense Bureau is prosecuting the case. The defendant is represented by Brian Carmody, Esq.