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Christmas Melee at Mansion Shooter Arraigned On 12 Count Indictment

Errol Hillary pleads not guilty in Mansion nightclub shooting

White Plains – The shooter of the Christmas Day Massacre at the Mansion Nightclub, that left the co-owner of a nightclub O’Neil Bandoo dead and five others wounded in a shooting early Christmas morning has been indicted.

The shooter 39-year-old Errol Hillary was arraigned Thursday morning on charges of second-degree murder, five counts of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree and second-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Hillary who has been held without bail at Westchester County Jain since December 26, 2016, was arraigned by Judge Barry Warhit. He pleaded not guilty Thursday in Westchester County Court to charges that he shot and killed the Mount Vernon nightclub owner.

Authorities said Hillary pulled a 9 mm handgun from his waistband and began firing as security guards were removing him from the club. Bandoo, a 36-year-old co-owner of the club, was struck and died at the scene. Five other people were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

He faces 25 years to life in state prison on the Second Degree Murder charge and 25 on each of the Attempted Murder and Assault in the First Degree charges. He faces 15 years for Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lana Hochheiser, Deputy Chief, Career Criminal Bureau. Hillary remains in jail; his next court date is Feb. 28.

Hillary is also facing an attempted murder charge in the Bronx, where he is accused of shooting a 38-year-old man in the shoulder on Boston Road on May 5, 2016. He was arrested on June 14 in that incident and had been free on a $200,000 bond.

A grand jury indicted him in that case in July, and Hillary pleaded not guilty. He is next scheduled to appear in Bronx Supreme Court on March 2.


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