Arraignment for LI man implicated in Tankleff murders

Tankleff spent 17 years in prison before a court said he was innocent in the 1988 murder of his parents.

April 30, 2010 4:31:11 AM PDT
A career criminal long suspected to be connected with the murder of Martin Tankleff's parents was arrested for allegedly firing a shotgun into the ground outside his Selden home. Police say 51-year-old Joseph "Joey Guns" Creedon was taken into custody following the gunfire at his Washington Avenue home Thursday morning.

He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, prohibitive use of a weapon and criminal contempt of a court.

Creedon was arrested after day-long search of his property and the surrounding area.

Suffolk Police were initially called to the house on a report that Creedon fired the weapon into the ground. After taking Creedon into custody, they spent hours searching the area.

Creedon is suspected to have been involved in the killing of Arlene and Seymour Tankleff in their Belle Terre home in 1988.

Several years ago, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota requested a special prosecutor to investigate Creedon's possible role in the Tankleff killings.

The couple's son, Marty Tankleff, was wrongly convicted of the murders and spent 17 years in prison before he was exonerated. His lawyers produced witnesses who claimed Creedon admitted to the killings in private while denying involvement publicly.