Records Reveal Long History of Violence and Drug Use by New Rochelle VFW Commander Peter Parente

Written By: Robert Cox

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Peter Parente has taken to Facebook to repeatedly deny a report by Talk of the Sound that he was demoted and received a reduction in pay in 1990 after testing positive for cocaine and THC (marijuana) while serving in the U.S. Marines Reserves

Military records seen by Talk of the Sound show that Parente received a Company NJP for Article 92 and Article 112 in March 1990. He was reduced in rank to E-3, and forfeited $13 per month for one month. NJP or non-judicial punishment is a form of discipline that allows commanders to administratively discipline troops without a court-martial.

Parente was cited for “Failure to Obey an Order or Regulation” (Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice) and “Wrongful Use, Possession, etc. , of Controlled Substances” (Article 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice)

On February 7, 1990, Parente was cited for illegal drug involvement identified through urinalysis by the Navy Drug Screening Laboratory in Jacksonville, Florida. He was required to undergo drug counseling (March 4, 1990) and recommended to be placed on the Urinary Surveillance Program (effective March 6, 1990). Parente was offered the opportunity to dispute the findings of the Drug Screening tests but declined.

Parente was arrested on drug charges before enlisting in the Marines.

Parente was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Cocaine) – 7th in Eastchester, NY on September 15, 1984. He was found in possession of 3/4 of a gram of cocaine.

Parente was also arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct in Eastchester, NY on September 15, 1984.

On November 30, 2000 he amended an application for a Westchester County Pistol Permit to admit that he failed to disclose a prior conviction (the matter in Eastchester). His application was approved.

In 2001, Parente was arrested, reportedly for punching a family member in the face. Parente rejected an offer to settle the charges with a deal his lawyer negotiated with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office during which his lawyer spoke with the DA’s Domestic Violence bureau. The deal would have required Parente to complete an Anger Management Course. Parente opted to go trial.

On July 31, 2001, Parente was found guilty of two charges of Harassment in the Second Degree following a trial in New Rochelle City Court.

An Order of Protection against Parente was issued which expired on September 24, 2002 during which time Parente’s license to carry a firearm was suspended.

Parente was arrested on November 25, 2017 on one count of Criminal Possession of a Firearm in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony, a violent felony punishable from between two and seven years in prison and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree for possessing a firearm not permitted by his valid NYS Pistol Permit. Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail. 

Judge Anthony Carbone notified Parente that any license or permit for the sale or possession of firearms was suspended. Carbone ordered Parente to turn over any firearms in his possession which Parente failed to do. Additional firearms were later turned over to police in New York and Pennsylvania where Parente owns a vacation home.

The felony weapons arrest followed a visit to the family home by New Rochelle Police following a domestic violence complaint filed against Parente with Westchester County Child Protective Services.

A stay-away order of protection was granted to Parente’s wife by both the criminal court in New Rochelle and the Westchester County family court.

Parente was arrested on May 3rd and charged with Criminal Contempt 2nd for two separate visits he made to his wife’s house in May in violation of the order of protection. 

Parente was arrested on Tuesday, June 5th. He was charged with another count of contempt after he contacted his wife by text message in violation of the stay-away order.

Peter Parente pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of contempt for violating a court-ordered Order of Protection.

Parente is currently under investigation by the federal government on unrelated charges.


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One thought on “Records Reveal Long History of Violence and Drug Use by New Rochelle VFW Commander Peter Parente”

  1. He still served his time
    And we all have are problems so remember
    He inlisted to protect are country semper fi Mr perente.

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