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Rackover sentenced to more than 28 years for Stamford man’s slaying

December 5, 2018

NEW YORK — One of two men accused of killing a 26-year-old Stamford man will serve more than 28 years to life in prison for the 2016 slaying.

Judge James Burke issued the maximum sentence Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court to James Rackover, 27, who was found guilty last month of the slaying of Joey Comunale, a popular Westhill High School graduate.

Rackover was also found guilty of concealment of a human corpse and hindering prosecution.

Burke sentenced Rackover to 25 years for the murder and 3 2/3 years for the lesser charges. He will be eligible for parole in 2047.

Lawrence Dilione, who was also charged with murder, will go on trial next. A third man, Max Gemma, was also in the apartment when Comunale was killed, according to police. Gemma was charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence. He is expected to go to trial last.

Comunale had just met Dilione outside a New York nightclub and accompanied him and five others to Rackover’s apartment on Nov. 13, 2016.

While inside the apartment, Dilione and Rackover allegedly beat, stabbed and attempted to dismember Comunale, then threw his body out of a 30-foot-high window. Police said they then drove 60 miles to Oceanport, N.J., where they buried the body in a shallow grave.

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