A Hudson Valley woman is heading to jail for nearly killing her sister's boyfriend.

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On Monday, Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced the conviction and sentencing of Heather Genevieve Licari of Putnam County for attempted assault, a class C violent felony offense.

Licari was sentenced to 4 years in State Prison followed by 5 years of post-release supervision.

Christina Rizzo
Christina Rizzo

Licari was convicted after video surveillance captured her intentionally swerving her car in order to hit her sister’s boyfriend on Dec. 19, 2019, in the Town of Patterson.

Licari hit the victim head-on while he was walking down his driveway. The impact hurled the victim into the air and onto an adjacent front lawn. Licari then quickly drove away from the scene.

The victim survived but according to Tendy is "very lucky to be alive."

Licari, who has an extensive criminal history and who was on Probation in Dutchess County at the time the crime was committed, was apprehended later that day by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigations.


In 2017, Licari was accused of stealing items from a Hudson Valley Home Depot and later trying to return those items, police say.

While the impact left the victim with serious injuries requiring surgery, the victim is “very lucky to be alive” said Tendy.

Putnam County District Attorney
Putnam County District Attorney

“This conviction ensures that the defendant will be held accountable for her actions and hopefully sends a message that crimes of violence will not be tolerated in Putnam County," Tendy said.

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