Bronx resident sentenced to 14 years to life for 2019 home invasion in Pelham Manor


Bronx resident Rick Scocozza was sentenced Thursday to 14 years to life in state prison for a 2019 home invasion in Pelham Manor, according to a press release from Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Rocah.

Scocozza, 58, a persistent violent felony offender, pled guilty to attempted burglary in the second degree, which is a felony, the release said.

“On Aug. 22, 2019, at approximately 7:05 p.m., Scocozza, who was wearing camouflage face paint, entered a Pelham Manor home through the garage and threatened two women who lived in the house with what appeared to be a firearm and demanded money from them,” said the release. “A third member of the household, who was hiding, then tackled the defendant to the ground and was able to subdue him until police arrived.”

Pelham Manor police officers arrested Scocozza and recovered a BB gun used by the defendant during the crime. Scocozza also had a backpack that contained zip-ties, duct tape and rope. 

A previous statement from the DA said the home is on Jackson Avenue.

The case was heard by Westchester County Judge Barry Warhit and prosecuted by Jonathan Strongin, an acting bureau chief in the DA’s office.