March 3, 2014
For Immediate Release

Michael Skelly
Koehler & Isaacs LLP

CO Cleared of 11 Criminal Counts in Bronx State Supreme Court

Bronx, New York--March 3, 2014---In a major legal victory today in Bronx State Supreme Court, Koehler and Isaacs LLP Attorney Peter Troxler successfully won an acquittal for his client, a New York City Correction Officer, who was accused of getting into an unnecessary Use of Force Incident on December 3, 2011 with a Rikers Island inmate and then lying about it. The Correction Officer, Kevin Gilikes, had been indicted on eleven criminal counts and a fellow Correction Officer, Louis Pinto, who was also exonerated today, faced seven criminal counts.   
"We are incredibly gratified by the verdict of Justice George Villegas today in acquitting Kevin Gilkes and Louis Pinto of all criminal charges," said Peter Troxler, the attorney for Gilkes. "Both Officers have always maintained that the force used by Officer Gilkes in defending himself from a violent inmate assault was appropriate and commensurate with the force used by the inmate."
Mr. Troxler continued, "It was particularly gratifying that the inmate who brought these allegations was found to have been incredible by the Judge in his review of the evidence contained in the surveillance footage, the inmate's false testimony, and his extensive criminal history."
"I would also like to applaud the diligent work of my co-counsel, Paul London, who successfully defeated the charges brought against Correction Officer Pinto. Justice has been served."
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