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Supervisor calls day 'sad'

Bethlehem Supervisor Theresa Egan said that Thursday, Aug. 10 was a very sad day. At around 5 p.m. on that day, Bethlehem resident Christopher Porco was found guilty of murdering his father, Peter Porco, and attempting to murder his mother, Joan Porco.

Peter Porco was a friend, and I still miss him every day, Egan, who worked in a private law practice and was a town judge before being elected supervisor, said at about 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10. "Despite the verdict, this is a tragedy for the family. My heart goes out to Joan, Johnathan and Peter's family."

Johnathan Porco is Christopher Porco's brother. He is in the U.S. Navy and is stationed on a submarine.

Egan had high praise for the Albany County District Attorney's office, and its chief prosecutor in the case, Michael McDermott. Although Egan said she had stayed away from Orange County to let the process take its course, she was in the courtroom on Wednesday, Aug. 9, the day that McDermott and Defense Attorney Laurie Shanks delivered their closing arguments.

"I thought it was important to be there yesterday," Egan said. "I wanted to be there for the (police) department and for Julie Cannizzarro."

Cannizzarro is the administrative assistant to Judge Anthony Cardona, for whom Peter Porco was law clerk.

"Both sides did an incredible job," Egan said of the closing arguments.

Egan also stood behind the Bethlehem police department, which has come under attack for its investigative work in the Porco case.

"The police department has been under fire for a long time," Egan said. "Some of the insults are not worth repeating. From the beginning, people said it was 'only' the Bethlehem police department (who investigated the case)."

Egan said that several law enforcement agencies had been involved in the investigation since the beginning.

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