LI Man Sentenced In Drag Race Deaths Arrested Again, This Time On Gun Charges

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Long Island man who was previously sentenced to six months in prison after participating in a 2014 drag race that killed five other teens was arrested again late Wednesday night.

Cory Gloe, 20, of Farmingdale, was taken into custody after reportedly shooting off a 12-gauge shotgun in the yard of his home – steps away from a school and neighbors – at around 9:30 p.m., Nassau County police said.

Neighbors told police they had also seen Gloe shoot the gun earlier that day, while a 3-year-old child was in vicinity of the weapon, police said.

According to police, officers responding to the scene found Gloe and two friends — a 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman in the backyard of Gloe’s home on Tomes Avenue. During the investigation, police found a number of shotgun shells on the floor. The gun itself was recovered from the trunk of the 19-year-old’s car.

Gloe was arrested and charged with prohibited use of a weapon, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.

As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported, Gloe hung his head as he tried to backstep his way into court Thursday.

Neighbors were alarmed by Gloe’s alleged conduct.

“I’m scared, because I have children,” one woman said. “I mean, it could have hit my house.”

“You don’t want that to happen in your neighborhood,” a man said.

Gloe had previously pleaded guilty in March to a 17-count indictment that included five manslaughter charges in exchange for the six-month sentence in connection to a Mother’s Day 2014 crash that left five teenagers dead.

Prosecutors said the crash happened after Gloe goaded the car filled with the victims to a street race.

The crash killed 17-year-old Tristan Reichle, 14-year-old Carly Marie Lonnborg, 15-year-old Noah Francis, 18-year-old Jesse Romero and 17-year-old Cody Talanian.

Gloe received the six-month sentence, along with five years’ probation for leaving the scene of the crash.

Judge Terence P. Murphy granted youthful offender status because Gloe was 17 at the time of the crash.

The victims’ families were heartbroken and angry at the latest charges.

“At sentencing he said he was going to be a changed person, mature, and he wishes he could change places with our children — our lost children,” said Sandra Lonnborg, mother of victim Carly Marie Lonnborg.

But despite Gloe’s promises, he was arrested not only this week, but also last March on a felony weapon count. Police also discovered Gloe’s Instagram posts mocking police officers and the justice system.

Prosecutors had pressed for one to three years in prison for Gloe in the drag racing case, citing the social media posts.

In the latest case, Acting Nassau County police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said: “I only hope that the courts handle this as a serious crime and issue a serious sentence. This is not a defendant that should be coddled.”

“The ripple effect is all of our families and all of our friends, and Carly’s birthday was just the day before yesterday,” said Tracy McGlone, the aunt of victim Carly Marie Lonnborg. “She would have turned 17,
which is a really hard pill to swallow knowing he is out here again and again with every chance at life.”

Due to the parole violation charges, the judge is expected to revoke Gloe’s probation, and resentence him to up to four years in the drag racing manslaughter case. Gloe also faces up to seven years for the new gun charges.

Gloe was ordered held on $100,000 bail Thursday. The judge could resentence him as soon as Monday.

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