Saratoga Springs

Second Saratoga Springs brother who caused fatal injuries to South Carolina man posts $100K bond


SARATOGA SPRINGS — The older of two brothers who allegedly attacked an out-of-state man outside of Clancy’s Tavern in August,  causing his death, was arraigned Thursday in Saratoga County Court.

Jordan Garafalo, 38, of Saratoga Springs, was released on a $100,000 bond after his arraignment in connection with a three-count indictment concerning the death of Mark French of South Carolina on Caroline Street on or about Aug. 14, county prosecutors said in a statement.

Garafalo was charged with manslaughter in the first degree, manslaughter in the second degree, and assault in the second degree. 

First-degree manslaughter applies to cases when someone with the intent to cause serious physical injury to another person causes the death of that person. The charges constitute a class B felony and carry a sentence of up to 25 years.

Along with his 27-year-old brother, James Garafalo, who was indicted and arraigned Nov. 30, the duo recklessly caused French’s death, prosecutors said.

James Garofalo also injured two others. He’s been remanded to the Saratoga County Correctional Facility following his delinquency on a separate court matter, prosecutors said. 

The week after the attack, police said in a statement that “based upon the change in circumstances, a medical examination of Mr. French, and further investigation, both Jordan and James Garafalo were additionally charged with manslaughter.”

Police had previously filed in court records incriminating statements the brothers allegedly made while being held in jail after the assault. Police said the brothers discussed the attack and used expletives to describe the trouble they could face.

Police later added statements from a witness who allegedly identified the two brothers as being involved in the assault.

French, who lived in Saratoga Springs but had relocated to South Carolina, was a former corrections officer. 

Defense attorney George LaMarche, who was representing Jordan Garafalo but not James Garafalo out of concern for a potential conflict, previously told The Daily Gazette that the Garafalo brothers were attacked by a group of other bar patrons, including French, and were defending themselves when French was struck and knocked out. 

Contact reporter Brian Lee at [email protected] or 518-419-9766.

Categories: News, Saratoga County

Leave a Reply