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March 10, 1998 | By Marie McCullough, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brian Peterson yesterday pleaded guilty to manslaughter and agreed to testify against his North Jersey high school sweetheart in the death 16 months ago of their newborn son, who was found in a trash bin. Peterson, who had been charged with first-degree murder and could have faced the death penalty, could get 2 1/2 years or less in prison under Delaware sentencing guidelines. In announcing the plea bargain, Peterson's lawyer, Russell Gioiella, said Peterson, 19, believed the baby was dead at birth in a Newark motel, and disposed of its body in a trash container behind the motel at the urging of his girlfriend, Amy Grossberg.
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September 16, 1997 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
Lawyers for accused New Jersey baby-killer Amy Grossberg yesterday disclosed intimate details about her health and her infant's autopsy to bolster claims that the newborn was dead on delivery. They also revealed that the petite teen was unaware of her pregnancy well into her second trimester and argued that the hypertension that contributed to the baby's death in the womb nearly killed the mother. "She suffered several documented grand mal seizures . . . she had a tongue so swollen that she was unable even to close her mouth . . . her eyes were almost completely swollen shut; and she was in a near-death condition," wrote lawyers Robert Tanenbaum, Jack Gruenstein and John Malik.
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March 24, 1998 | By Marie McCullough, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for Amy Grossberg are trying to have the first-degree murder charge against her dropped because her high school sweetheart pleaded guilty to a lesser crime in the death of their newborn son. Brian Peterson, 19, of Wyckoff, N.J., pleaded guilty March 9 to manslaughter and could face 2 1/2 years in jail under Delaware sentencing guidelines. His lawyers have said he believed the baby was dead when he placed the body in a trash bin outside the Newark, Del., motel where Grossberg gave birth in November 1996.
NEWS
December 2, 1996
Natural reactions to an unnatural crime I am devastated over the thought of Brian Peterson and Amy Grossberg allegedly killing an innocent baby. If they were scared, why didn't they try other options, like leaving him wrapped in a blanket, nice and warm, in the hotel room and going to a phone and calling police? Or telling their parents; I am sure they would have done something. An angel died. God bless him. Brian Peterson's mother cries that she cannot give her only son to the state to die, that he is only a baby.
SPORTS
September 27, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Now, the real work begins for the Atlanta Braves. The Braves clinched the National League East to win their record ninth consecutive division title, beating the host New York Mets, 7-1, last night behind John Burkett's pitching and Chipper Jones' home run. The game was marred by a beer bottle thrown at Braves reliever John Rocker when he came in to pitch the eighth inning. Arrested were two fans, including Brian Peterson, 22, who pleaded guilty in 1998 to manslaughter - along with his girlfriend - in the death of their newborn son at a motel room in Delaware.
NEWS
December 18, 1996 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson entered the courtroom the way they parted more than a month ago - still seemingly in love. And still scared for their lives. After spending the last month alone in separate jails, they sat just inches apart yesterday - gesturing to their teary-eyed parents in the first row. Talking. Crying. And finally, as sheriff's deputies moved in to take them back to their prison homes, touching, if only briefly, for the first time since leaving a mystery in a Newark motel room and their newborn son in a trash bin. Their hands joined, demonstrating, like the cooperation of their lawyers, that they are in this together - till death penalty do them part.
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November 19, 1996 | By Rich Henson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER The Associated Press also contributed to this article
Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson were high school sweethearts who grew up in a world of lush lawns and luxuriant homes in the North Jersey suburbs of New York City. He was the gifted athlete, co-captain of his high school soccer team and a varsity golfer. She was a budding artist with a bright smile and a boundless future. Now the young couple, both 18, whose glowing yearbook picture from spring's high school prom has scarcely had time to fade, are facing first-degree murder charges and, potentially, the death penalty.
NEWS
November 20, 1996 | by Julie Knipe Brown, Daily News Staff Writer The Associated Press contributed to this report
The two high school sweethearts charged with murdering their newborn son, wrapping him in a trash bag and tossing him in a trash dumpster may not get the death penalty after all. Delaware's attorney general yesterday angrily denied reports that she intended to seek the death penalty for Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson, the 18-year-old college freshmen accused of beating their baby to death after delivering him in a $56-a-night Newark, Del., motel...
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June 4, 1997 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
For months, there was barely a whisper - only an occasional, tight-lipped smile in court, emerging from chipmunk cheeks. Now Amy Grossberg has gone prime time. The maternal half of the North Jersey teen-age couple accused of killing their newborn in a Delaware motel room will talk to Barbara Walters this Friday on the ABC news magazine "20/20. " "I would never hurt anything or anybody, especially something that could come from me," the teary-eyed teen says in an interview taped last week.
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July 5, 1997 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
You didn't need to see a pounding gavel or pointed finger to know Judge Henry duPont Ridgely was really ticked off. That's what you'd see in movies. But in a Wilmington courtroom Thursday, in a calm, measured, almost polite voice, the Superior Court judge told accused baby killer Amy Grossberg to shut up. And he essentially told her lawyer to get out of Delaware. Suddenly the Barbara Walters' interview wasn't such a good idea. Grossberg, 18, let out a wail and embraced her mother.
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December 3, 2012 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Contributing Art Critic
For years, Brian Peterson's public face has been that of fine-art photographer and chief curator at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. But with the exhibition "Making Magic: Beauty in Word and Image," Peterson finally reveals his innermost persona, that of impassioned poet. This unusual and daring project - it takes nerve to address such a subject - shouldn't come as a surprise to the Michener's audience. Over the last three years, Peterson has written two books, The Smile at the Heart of Things and The Blossoming of the World , that prefigure this exhibition's intriguing format.
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September 28, 2000 | by April Adamson, Daily News Staff Writer The Associated Press contributed to this report
They were good seats, and tough to get, first-base boxes to watch the Mets take on the Braves at Shea Stadium. And convicted killer Brian Peterson was in the stands, a long way from Delaware state prison. But now, Peterson's free-living days of probation may be over. In the eighth inning of the game, televised live Tuesday night, a pal of Peterson's, Raymond Maniaci, 22, allegedly chucked a bottle at Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker - and Peterson allegedly joined the ensuing fray, muscling against a cop and interfering in his friend's arrest.
NEWS
September 28, 2000 | By Kate Herman, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Brian Peterson, the New Jersey man who spent 20 months in prison for killing his newborn son in Delaware, was released without bail on misdemeanor charges in Queens, N.Y., yesterday after a hometown friend allegedly threw a bottle of beer at Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker at Shea Stadium. Peterson, 22, of Wyckoff, was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and harassment Tuesday night after he was accused of trying to block police from arresting Raymond Maniaci during the Braves-Mets game, authorities said.
SPORTS
September 27, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Now, the real work begins for the Atlanta Braves. The Braves clinched the National League East to win their record ninth consecutive division title, beating the host New York Mets, 7-1, last night behind John Burkett's pitching and Chipper Jones' home run. The game was marred by a beer bottle thrown at Braves reliever John Rocker when he came in to pitch the eighth inning. Arrested were two fans, including Brian Peterson, 22, who pleaded guilty in 1998 to manslaughter - along with his girlfriend - in the death of their newborn son at a motel room in Delaware.
NEWS
January 5, 2000 | By Bill Ordine and Mike Madden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
After serving 20 months in Delaware prisons, Brian Peterson returned to his parents' home in Wyckoff, N.J., yesterday and said he was sorry for killing his newborn son three years ago. Peterson, 21, and his high school sweetheart, Amy Grossberg, 21, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 1998. Grossberg, who remains in prison, gave birth in a motel room in November 1996, and Peterson admitted tossing the infant into a trash bin. The case drew national attention. Both were college freshmen at the time - Peterson at Gettysburg (Pa.)
NEWS
July 11, 1998 | By Barbara Boyer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The baby of Amy Grossberg and Brian C. Peterson was severely beaten and shaken before he was thrown in a trash bin and died, a medical examiner said yesterday. In an interview, Adrienne Sekula-Perlman, who performed the autopsy, took issue with the contention of Grossberg's defense lawyer that the baby's skull was fractured after death. Grossberg and Peterson, unwed teens from an affluent North Jersey suburb whose case drew national attention, began serving prison terms Thursday for causing the death of their child.
NEWS
April 23, 1998 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
Until yesterday, a short prison term seemed the worst thing that could happen to Amy Grossberg for pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of her newborn son. But when the diminutive North Jersey 19-year-old entered Wilmington Superior Court in tears it became clear that there was something she dreaded even more: The shame. The shame that kept the "model child" from confronting her pregnancy in the summer of 1996, and paralyzed her when she considered an abortion.
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April 21, 1998 | By Diane Mastrull, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Staff writer Barbara Boyer contributed to this report
Amy Grossberg, the college freshman who gained international attention when she and her boyfriend were charged with killing their baby son just after his birth in a Delaware motel room, has agreed to plead guilty to manslaughter tomorrow, two lawyers close to the case said yesterday. Attorney Joseph Hurley, who represents Brian Peterson, the baby's father, said he had been told by officials close to the investigation that Grossberg intended to plead guilty to manslaughter and that "expert witnesses have been called off. " The other lawyer, who would not allow his name to be published, said: "People [in the state Attorney General's Office]
NEWS
April 6, 1998 | By Olya Thompson
They seemed appealing, exchanging shy smiles when they were first brought into the courtroom. They looked less like murderers, more like scared kids. Yet now they avoid eye contact, while their lawyers wage a sordid battle that pits one against the other. Watching their case, I have been appalled at how our justice system is prosecuting them. The legal system, in even invoking the death penalty at all, has exacted too high a human toll. Yes, these two Wycoff, N.J., college kids, Brian Peterson and Amy Grossberg, are charged with committing a terrible deed, making a tragic mistake.
NEWS
March 24, 1998 | By Marie McCullough, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for Amy Grossberg are trying to have the first-degree murder charge against her dropped because her high school sweetheart pleaded guilty to a lesser crime in the death of their newborn son. Brian Peterson, 19, of Wyckoff, N.J., pleaded guilty March 9 to manslaughter and could face 2 1/2 years in jail under Delaware sentencing guidelines. His lawyers have said he believed the baby was dead when he placed the body in a trash bin outside the Newark, Del., motel where Grossberg gave birth in November 1996.
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