NORWICH – Chenango County Court was in session yesterday to hear the case of the accused 'Road Rage Killer,' John M. Guzy.
Guzy, 57, of Bainbridge, was previously indicted on 17 charges related to the death of Derek D. Prindle, 26, and the serious injury of Prindle’s father, Derek S. Prindle, who was 60 at the time of the shooting. Both victims are from Afton.
Guzy chose to waive his Constitutional right to a jury trial in an earlier conference, leaving Chenango County Court Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. to full jurisdiction on the outcome of the case once all testimony has been heard.
The indictment for Guzy alleged that on Oct. 27, 2014 at approximately 1:25 p.m. in the parking lot of a business in the Town of Bainbridge, Guzy killed Derek D. Prindle by shooting him in the chest with a .25 caliber Beretta Jetfire semi-automatic handgun.
Guzy was present in the courthouse at 9 a.m. for the bench trial, accompanied by his attorney, Benjamin Bergman of the Jackson Bergman law firm out of the Binghamton area.
Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride represented the people on this matter.
McBride began first with opening statements, while Bergman and Guzy opted to not give an opening statement.
“On October 27, 2014, the defendant, a retired New York City Police Officer and currently working at the jail, while intoxicated got in his car with a loaded .25 caliber beretta. He left his residence with intent of causing trouble. He crowded the bumper of the victims, who were going 51 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone,” said McBride. “The defendant passed the vehicle and abruptly stopped and blocked their path before continuing again. Derek S. Prindle directed him to go to Peak Fitness parking lot to discuss the problem.”
At this time, McBride continued to explain that Guzy arrived at the parking lot before the vehicle carrying both the victims.
“Guzy got out and did not identify himself as a current correctional officer. He said 'What is your (expletive) problem, and spit in the face of Derek S. Prindle. At this time, Derek S. Prindle, the passenger, got out of his vehicle and Mr. Guzy said 'I will kill you, I will (expletive) kill both of you. At no time did he say he had a loaded gun,” said McBride.