SENTENCING IN KIDNAP CASE
Angela Sorcio, 31, of 103 Gillette Avenue, Sayville and Anthony Vanis, 42, of 116 Connetquot Avenue, Bay Shore, were arrested and charged with a botched kidnapping of a 7 month old girl in a supermarket parking lot. They were charged with second degree attempted kidnapping in connection with the incident on December 19, 2002, in the parking lot of a King Kullen store at Montauk Highway and Saxon Avenue in Bay Shore. Sorcio approached a woman who had the child in a kiddie seat in a shopping cart and threatened her with a knife, demanding the baby. Passersby came to the woman's rescue and Sorcio fled in a car driven by Vanis. A judge on set $150,000 case bail for both. An order of protection was issued barring Sorcio and Vanis from any contact with the mother and child. Vanis is a janitor in the Massapequa School District and Sorcio is unemployed. She had been arrested 11 times, nine of those for felonies and in November had pleaded guilty to settle grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and forgery charges and was sentenced to 5 years' probation. She also had a conviction for prostitution and warrants were issued three times by judges when she failed to appear in court. With her previous felony conviction, she faced 5 to 15 years in prison if convicted and Vanis faced 3 1/2 to 15 years. He has a pending driving while intoxicated charge, a felony, from August and has prior convictions for driving while intoxicated and driving while impaired.
Vanis was sentenced yesterday to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison for his role in the crime. He pleaded guilty last month to attempted robbery. When he pleaded guilty, he said he thought he was going to help Sorcio rob someone at the King Kullen parking lot. He had no idea she was going to try to grab a woman's 7 month old girl, he said.
Sorcio was sentenced to 6 1/2 years for attempted kidnapping.