No Charges Will be Filed in Grisanti Casino Incident

February 24, 2012 Updated Feb 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM EDT

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No Charges Will be Filed in Grisanti Casino Incident

February 24, 2012 Updated Feb 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM EDT

The Niagara County District Attorney's Office and the Niagara Falls Police Department said Friday that no charges will be filed in connection with an altercation earlier this month at Seneca Niagara Casino involving state senator Mark Grisanti and his wife, Maria.

According to a news release from the Niagara County District Attorney's Office and the Niagara Falls Police Department:

On 2/10/2012 an unfortunate incident occurred in the Lobby Bar of the Seneca Niagara Casino/Hotel, that involved Senator Mark Grisanti and his wife, Maria.

The incident also involved, Eric White, his wife Kristina, and Ellen Heron.

The Niagara Falls Police Department was summoned to the Casino to conduct an investigation following this unfortunate incident.  Detective William Smith, and Detective Patricia McCune worked on this investigation under the direction of Captain William Thomson.

Statements were taken from witnesses, including participants; a video of the incident was also reviewed by the investigative team. 

Approximately two (2) weeks have passed since the incident, giving those of us involved with this investigation ample time to review the statements of the witnesses and participants, and all other relevant evidence.  Subsequently it is the determination of the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office as well as that of the Niagara Falls Police Department that no charges will be filed on behalf of any participant in this incident, and this case is closed.

Statement-Senator Mark Grisanti

"It is disappointing that enough evidence could not be collected to charge the people who attacked and injured my wife.

 

My only priority in all of this has been the well being of my wife Maria, and that does not change with the DA's decision.

 

We have been entirely consistent and truthful in this matter. The inaccurate allegations that were reported against us have also been squashed.

 

I disagree with the decision to not press charges. However, I respect the judicial and legal process."

 

- Senator Mark Grisanti