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Suspect In Mount Kisco Homicide To Get Felony Hearing

Milton Ventura (center), pictured following his arraignment in Mount Kisco on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.
Milton Ventura (center), pictured following his arraignment in Mount Kisco on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Milton Ventura, who is one of the suspects accused of participating in an altercation leading to the death of Jose Sanchez will get a felony hearing next week.

Mount Kisco Village Justice Mark Farrell agreed to set the hearing for next Tuesday, July 14, at 4 p.m.

The felony hearing is also called a felony exam, Ventura's attorney, Andrea Rendo, told Daily Voice.

The hearing is a procedural step in the legal process.

During the court appearance, Rendo consented to have Ventura's case transferred to fellow defense attorney Sherry Levin Wallach, who she shares a legal practice with.

Rendo added that she had been told there is no federal immigration hold placed on her client.

Ventura, who is from Guatemala, had previously been deported, Westchester County police said at a Wednesday press conference.

Ventura, a 35-year-old Mount Kisco resident, is accused of being involved in an altercation with Sanchez, a 53-year-old homeless man who was originally from Honduras, in a wooded area off of Lieto Drive.

Police allege that Ventura, along with fellow suspect Freddy Coronado-Mendez, were involved in an altercation that lead to Sanchez being bludgeoned to death with a piece of wood.

The area where the three men gathered has been a placed for socialized, police have said. Police also believe that homeless people have occupied the area and that the three involved men slept there at one point.

Freddy Coronado-Mendez, 34, was arrested in Harrison, N.J. and is being sought for extradition, police said.

Sanchez's body was discovered by a female relative on Sunday, police said, with an investigation subsequently leading to the arrests of the two suspects. Both have been charged with first-degree manslaughter, police previously announced.

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