Saturday, July 31, 2010

Man Charged in Cop Death Sentenced for DWI

A 24-year-old Plainview man, Jose Borbon, who has been accused of driving drunk and crashing into Suffolk County Police Officer Glen Ciano on February 22, 2009, and killing him, was sentenced to a year in jail for an unrelated DWI and weapons possession after pleading guilty.

On January 4, 2009, Nassau County police arrested Borbon for DWI and for possessing a gravity knife. He was released on bail and issued a conditional driver's license. Six weeks later, while driving drunk (over twice the legal limit, 0.19 percent blood alcohol level) and talking on a cell phone, he crashed into Officer Ciano. Glen died after his vehicle struck a pole and burst into flames.

Dozens of Suffolk County Police officers and supporters of the Ciano family were in attendance at Borbon's sentencing.

Borbon is due back in court for the Ciano case on September 20, 2010.

The Suffolk County PBA has posted a You Tube video about the Borbon sentencing and the loss of Officer Ciano.

I had the privilege of working with Officer Glen Ciano when I was assigned to the Second Precinct. He is greatly missed. Glen, age 45, was a 22 year veteran of the department. He is survived by his wife and two children. An "In Memory of Glen Ciano" page appears on Facebook.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope this guy will never be able to get behind the wheel again. but of course it's too lat for officer Ciano and his family.

  2. Hi Charles,
    It's a good thing he's been behind bars. You'd think that after getting arrested the first time he would have quit drinking & driving. What a tragic loss. I'm sure when Borbon's court date comes up for this case, he'll plead guilty in an attempt to get the lightest sentence possible.

  3. What a terrible loss for Officer Ciano's family, his community, and everyone who served with him.

    What's the deal with a "conditional license" after you've proven you can't be trusted with the regular one?

  4. Hi Clare,

    I was surprised to learn that Borbon was issued a conditional license at all, but they will usually give one if it's a first offense ~ and the conditional license comes, of course, with conditions ~ only to/from work and/or medical appointments. He might have been required to attend a Drinking Driver Program, I don't know if he was in this case. He submitted to the breath test during the Nassau arrest. Had he refused to submit, he would have faced automatic revocation of his license ~ which stands even if a person isn't convicted ~ you're "not allowed" to refuse a breath test ~ when drivers take their tests, they agree with the requirement to submit if asked. In a fatality, a judge usually orders a blood test if the cop has reasonable cause to believe the driver has been drinking or using drugs.