Victim's Friends On Plea Deal: 'It Feels Like He's Getting Away With Murder'

Hit-and-run victim's closest friends call for a heavier sentence for Edward Orr.

"Is that all they think of John's life?"

That's what Tony Lupo said before he went to sleep on Wednesday night after he found out that the Suffolk County District Attorney's office will recommend a 2 to 6-year sentence for Edward Orr. On Wednesday, Orr admitted to the hit-and-run accident that took the life of John Judge, Lupo's best friend of 42 years.

Sitting at a table at Astro's Pizza in Amagansett, the family's restaurant, where a photo of Judge hangs on the wall, Lupo's wife Allison held back tears. "It feels like he's getting away with murder," she said. 

Her son Gianfelice Lupo wrote a statement, in reaction to the deal Orr will likely receive for hitting Judge, 61, as he crossed Main Street in Amagansett after having dinner at the family's restaurant on Oct. 23. The 28-year-old, who spent a lot of time with Judge over the past 10 years, said the deal left him feeling angry. He wrote:

"The DA's recommendation for Mr. Orr's sentence is not only a slap in the face to the ones who loved and cared about John, but goes against the very law they try to uphold. It not only trivializes the tireless work and effort of the EHTPD but shows the true value at which they placed John's life. The recommendation sets a precedent that being a lying, manipulative, remorseless killer will only get you a slap on the wrist. The DA is not only going to have to live with the decision they made regarding the recommendation of Mr. Orr's sentence, but they are going to one day realize that they made a decision with the devil himself. My family and I have been living with this tragedy for five long months and this decision only pours salt on the wound. I would love to say that 'justice' has been served, but I'm finding it a little hard to get those words out of my mouth."

Orr pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a death, a class D felony punishable up to 7 years in prison, and tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony punishable by up to 4 years. A misdemeanor criminal mischief charge related to the accident to his Jeep, was dismissed in satisfaction of his plea.

The East Hampton Town Police Department brought Orr in for questioning after a three-and-a-half month long investigation. There were no witnesses, but even Ryan's attorney admitted the department built overwhelming evidence against his client. Orr also signed a five-page confession when he was arrested on Feb. 7.

"Why did they even offer a plea bargain?," Lupo said.

The family had hoped given Orr's criminal history and the evidence against him that he would serve 10 to 15 years for all the charges.

Orr also pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a violation of his probation, which he was serving on a previous conviction at the time of the accident. Orr has been in and out of trouble over the past decade, arrested on driving while intoxicated, domestic violence, and grand larceny charges.

"This is where the justice system fails people," Lupo said. "The reality of 2 to 6 years is more like 1 to 3 years," she said. "He's 30 now — he'll get out and be what, 33? He's got his whole life ahead of him."

Correction: A class E felony is punishable by up to 4 years, not 5 years as previously reported. 

allison lupo March 22, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Thank You Jason....
allison lupo March 22, 2013 at 01:15 PM
MORE FOR ORR !!!!!!!
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allison lupo March 22, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Thanks Dog!!
1/2 n 1/2, 2 sugars March 22, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Mary, with all due respect, if he had mowed down one of your loved ones... You know the rest...
1/2 n 1/2, 2 sugars March 22, 2013 at 01:43 PM
27 inn, the old Dutch...
1/2 n 1/2, 2 sugars March 22, 2013 at 01:46 PM
The DA always makes a mockery of the PD's hard work! I couldn't agree more dog, very little FAIR justice left in this world...
S.B. Bonacker March 22, 2013 at 03:41 PM
TRAVESTY.OF.JUSTICE. John's life was worth more than this. The killer left the scene of an accident, tampered with evidence and staged a phony accident. He needs to do alot more time; otherwise this sends a message to others who commit crimes like this that you can walk free in a few years even after killing someone in a hit & run. And you will see the number of people who take the chance and flee after a hit & run will increase!
Karen Vargas March 22, 2013 at 04:35 PM
I agree, 100%!!
CUL8R March 22, 2013 at 04:39 PM
I see folks are putting some blame on lighting - could it be that Mr. Orr was/is simply a reckless driver and perhaps under the influence at the time?! He is a murderer plain and simple and needs to do proper time in prison. 2-6 years is a joke especially with someone like Orr who has a long rap sheet of violent unacceptable behavior.
Sharon Marie Buckler March 22, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Please go to Astro's Pizza and sign the petition if you do not agree with what the DA is proposing. Thank you
Betsy Bisrtian Avallone March 22, 2013 at 06:48 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with john's lovedones. Justice was not served.
Dorian Foster March 23, 2013 at 03:44 AM
We will Sharon!!!
ViralGrain March 23, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Mauro Filicori March 23, 2013 at 01:45 PM
What was the sentence for the lady, a Real Estate broker, that similarly killed a man in Wainscott few years back?
1/2 n 1/2, 2 sugars March 23, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Good question mauro, her name is Charlotte DePersia, she originally only received probation and the received 7 months at a dwi jail facility for a probation violation...
1/2 n 1/2, 2 sugars March 23, 2013 at 01:58 PM
If that's who you meant... She injured 2 people, one pregnant, after she rolled her range rover... And she was already on probation for a prior dwi at the time of the accident... If she's not who you meant, this is just another case of INjustice to consider...
Mauro Filicori March 23, 2013 at 02:02 PM
I dont' think it was her.....both are Brokers but the other lady killed a man, a migrant worker. I believe she was from Southampton.
Drtee-Dancer March 23, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Mauro, she was from Sag harbor - Brick Kiln Rd. - she hit a migrant worrker in Wainscott - Montauk Highway - thought she hit a deer - amazing what alcohol does - you know this Mauro. Her sentence was much more severe.
Mauro Filicori March 23, 2013 at 03:56 PM
I wonder who was the DA in that case? Do we know the sentence? I cannot find any reference to this case in the Patch files.
allison lupo March 23, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Maybe Leslie Jenneman???
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) March 23, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Mauro, You are referring to Leslie Jennemann. Here is an excerpt from an article I wrote regarding Mr. Orr where I did look back at Ms. Jennemann's case. You may be surprised to learn, she didn't get any more time: In one of the South Fork's most notorious hit-and-run accidents, Leslie Jennemann was convicted of elevated charges in the hit-and-run death of a 38-year-old migrant worker was killed in Sagaponack in 2002. She was sentenced to 2 to 6 years following a guilty verdict on second-degree manslaughter and leaving the scene without reporting. A grand jury indicted her in March 2003, handing up a 17-count indictment, including manslaughter, leaving the scene, evidence tampering, insurance fraud, reckless endangerment, and speeding, according to an article at the time in The New York Daily News. Police initially charged her with leaving the scene and evidence tampering.
Mauro Filicori March 24, 2013 at 05:54 AM
Taylor, I wrote and posted some more comments several hours ago....I see no track of it....could it be lost on the internet's clouds? It had a link to a N.Y. Post article in 2004. Here is it again: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/1177637/posts Can you check if my previous posting, in replying to Ms. Lupo, is somewhere?
Dana Kalbacher March 26, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Time to pay the piper Mr Orr..you had many choices in All those days after you had realized your situation. This happens all over the country it seems....Well, enough is enough in our town..We have to set some sort of example since the season is once again upon us. By that I mean that our summer months will be filled with many visitors, maybe many more than ever before. There have to be consequences for poor behavior in our Town and on our Roads..we do not want any more deaths in our town! We must ask for and expect respect..from Montauk on west...We must demand it for the safety of our citizens.
MARTIN DREW March 26, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Leople should not comment on other peoples lives who made mistakes and society has judged them alteady . This is a tragedy indeed ; let the healing begin .. contact the DA office when its parole time and make your voice heard then .. now sentence is upon the sinner ; he will pay with his life.. behind bars .. for how long justice decides ; not us. Judge not ye be judged ... Be glad there is closure for all ..
Mauro Filicori March 26, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Well said!
Mauro Filicori March 26, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Well said! ( To Patriot's comment were there is nothing to laugh about it )
MARTIN DREW March 26, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Who's laughing at me : some DOG ? Judge the merits of the case BEFORE YOU ; others who were mentioned have been judged .. You all feed the negative ... Justice was served HE WAS CAUGHT !!! Justice is being served / He is going to jail !! He admitted his crime !!! There is tesonable doubt anything more than a bad decision to cover up the fact his DEER accident was with a human .. His first mistake ... not coming fwd at that time .. His second mistake ... covering up after he knew it was NOT a deer he had hit ... 2-6 years .. and if you critics want to laugh now at me ... Ill make sure to follow this case to parole and find out NONE of you care enough to put tour time and efforts where your mouths are ... Lonby DA WHEN ITS PAROLE TIME .. that way he does full sentence .. I know the Lupo family will be there but surely not some fool named DOG ! or some other fool namef Mauro ! Cheer each other on .. you go Dog!! you go Mauro! ... My condolences to ALL families affected ! laugh at that you clowns !
MARTIN DREW March 26, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Mauro - if you were with my sentiment - my apologies - i mis read your comment .. i think you agreed with me..
Mauro Filicori March 26, 2013 at 11:24 PM
I did.


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