[Updated] Bonds Remain at $1 Million for Stamford Murder Suspects

Two men were arraigned Tuesday in the June death of James "Jimmy" Decrescenzo face further court proceedings August 7, 2012.

[Update, 1:45 p.m.]

At their arraignments, today, both Silva and Saenz-Machado were held on at least $1 million bond, with Silva facing an additional $75,000 tacked on for additonal charged stemming from outstanding warrants.

Through an interpreter, Silva, who has a 10th-grade education, is unemployed and lived with his mother at the time of the incident in which he is accused, explained he would not need the public defender representing him, as his family was obtaining private legal counsel. However, Silva did not know when that counsel would be available or his lawyer's name.

Investigators in the case attended the arraignment with members of the family, who lined the front row of the courtroom. They declined comment following the proceedings.

Saenz-Machado, who has been in the United Stated for 8 years according to counsel, may have an U.S. Immigration and Customs Hold on him that could delay proceedings.

Both are scheduled to appear in court again August 7, 2012, in the upstairs courtroom.


's Bureau of Criminal Investigations unit announced Tuesday the arrest of two men in connection to the at Uncle Buck's Laundromat on Fairfield Avenue.

Ivan Silva, 19, and Elmer Saenz-Machado, 35, were identified as the suspects arrested in the homicide that occurred on June 16, 2012, Lt. Diedrich Hohn said Tuesday.

At roughly 1:20 a.m. on the morning of the 26, the 50-year-old Decrescenzo was found unconscious on the floor of the laundromat where he worked. He was taken to Stamford Hospital and pronounced deceased, the cause of death later being confirmed by the States Medical Examiner as blunt force trauma and asphyxia.

to believe his death was part of a robbery or burglary and Hohn said the two suspects arrested were identified weeks ago, but police had to track down Silva, who had left the area and deal with the Saenz-Machado having been arrested on unrelated charges.

With growing pressure from the Stamford Police Department BCI Unit, Hohn announced Silva turned himself in Tuesday morning and, during an interview, allegedly confessed to the murder and Saenz-Machado's involvement. Silva said the robbery wasan initiation into the MS-13 Gang.

Silva was charged with felony murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy. He faces a $1 million bond. Additionally, charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree unlawful restraint, third-degree assault and two charges of conspiracy were brought on outstanding warrants for Silva, adding $10,000 more to the bond.

Saenz-Machado was charged with felony murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy. He was also held on a $1 million bond.

Both are scheduled to be arraigned in court today. 

William Demarest July 31, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Residents of Port Chester, NY, where Jimmy DeCrescenzo was raised, were deeply saddened by his death and set up a Facebook page in his honor to help his family.


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