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8th arrest made in connection to Stephentown house party

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STEPHENTOWN, N.Y. - The Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office says an eighth person has been arrested in connection a large house party that was held at the home of former NFL player Brian Holloway.

On Monday, investigators charged 18-year-old Damian DeGennaro of Berlin for the criminal behavior involved in the incident that took place at Holloway's property in the town of Stephentown.

DeGennaro, a freshman at Erie Community College, has been charged with felony Burglary in 3rd-degree, Petit Larceny and Criminal Trespass, both misdemeanors.

The charges stem from an allegation that the teen broke into a small second home on Holloway's property and stole a mounted deer head.

DeGennaro says he did wrong and that he's facing the consequences. But while he admits he made a mistake, he says he was under the impression that the party was being hosted by Holloway's son.

He did, however, tweet this "selfie" from inside the police cruiser, but the image has since been removed.

 

Last month, a total of seven arrests were made including the six "key players" in the party, who turned themselves in at the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office. Investigators say between 100 and 200 people will face charges in connection to the party - a record number for one single case in Rensselaer County. Charges range from felony Burglary and Grand Larceny to misdemeanors, such as Criminal Trespass or Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.

Officials say up to 300 people broke into Holloway's vacant Stephentown home on August 31, 2013 and vandalized the home during a large party.

Holloway, a former LA Raider and New England Patriot, showed NEWS10 the damage - a spray painted barn, scraped up floors, broken windows and beer and urine stains on his carpets. Holloway says there has been more than $20,000 in damage.

Holloway was also upset that an eagle memorial for his stillborn grandson had allegedly been stolen. It has since been returned, and the three people who allegedly stole the statue were charged with felony Grand Larceny, police say.

Holloway initially said he did not want to press charges against the kids, that he wanted instead, to have a community dialogue to help steer the kids in the right direction. He even hosted a party at his Stephentown property in which many volunteers came to clean up the mess. However, only four teens who admitted to being at the party actually showed up to apologize and help.

Many wondered why the arrests took so long. But, investigators insist that interviewing hundreds of teens and their parents was necessary to get to those truly responsible for the damage.

The home will go up for auction next week, according to Holloway.

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