The Glen Cove man who faced a top charge of second-degree attempted murder in connection with a July 2012 shooting in Glen Cove appeared in Nassau County Court Monday on lesser charges, according to the Nassau County District Attorney's office.
Police arrested 32-year-old Agostino Sorace after the July 12 shooting and said he drove the shooter to and from the scene.
The attempted murder charge was later dismissed by a grand jury, said Chris Munzing, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office. Sorace currently faces a top charge of second-degree hindering prosecution, a Class E felony, and one count each of third-degree hindering prosecution and facilitation, both Class A misdemeanors.
The remaining charges were part of the original case against Sorace, Munzing said.
The shooting occurred outside a private social club at 248 Glen Street, behind Covac Vacuums. Ledio Spahija, 25, of Glen Cove was shot in the neck in the club's parking lot. He was taken to Winthrop University Hospital in critical condition, underwent surgery and spent six days in the hospital before he was released.
Police allege the shooter, who has not been arrested, left the club after an argument and returned a short while later, driven by Sorace. After the shooting both Sorace and the shooter left in the same vehicle, police said.
Munzing said Sorace's case is ongoing.