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ex tax John’s lacrosse player was grilled and stabbed for a fight

A former St. John’s University lacrosse player was grilled in the stands Tuesday over the start of the brawl that ended always stabbed in the gut with him from his roommate.

“I was extremely angry. I think you could call that anger,” Justin Corpolongo said before the Queens Supreme Court during cross-examination by defense attorney Eric Franz.

The attorney urged Corpolongo to “get a little angry.” on the night of October 23, 2019 — after coming home from work to find his roommate, St. Johns Lacrosse captain Matthew Stockfeder, partying with about 20 other guys and playing loud music.

Corpolongo, who graduated in 2018 and works as a teacher, politely asked her to turn down the volume before leaving his basement room to unplug the speaker.

The rowdy bunch left to take the party to another house – but the argument escalated into a group text in which Stockfeder “antagonized” the victim, Assistant District Attorney Konstantinos Litourgis said on Monday. on day one of Stockfeder’s assault trial.

Stockfeder’s attorney challenged Corpolongo on Tuesday why he didn’t just turn off his phone when the writing was interfering with his ability to sleep – noting that the college grad’s job teaching developmentally disabled students requires “patience” from him.

“Did something stop and close your phone?” Franz asked, to which Corpolongo replied “No”.

Justin Corpologno with his mom and dad as Justin prepares to testify.
Justin Corpologno, center, was stabbed in the stomach by his former roommate.
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“So you’ve decided not to do this right? Instead you got angry.”

The attorney described Corpolongo getting dressed and going to find Stockfeder at the other house, where the two faced each other.

“I hit him first,” Corpolongo admitted.

“And you didn’t just hit him once, did you?” Franz followed, to which Corpolongo replied, “No.”

Matthew Stockfeder, a captain on the St. John's University men's lacrosse team, appears in court.
Matthew Stockfeder, center, partied and played loud music with about 20 others on the night of the attack.
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Prosecutors said two lacrMatthew Stickfederosse players stepped in to break up the brawl – when Stickfeder “took a knife out of his waistband and stuck it in his not just once, but twice.” [Corpolongo’s] lower abdomen”.

Earlier Tuesday, Corpolongo collapsed on the stand as he described the moment he realized he had almost been disemboweled.

“I saw a purple fist-sized growth sticking out of my stomach… It was gross to look at,” he told the judges.

Justin Corpolongo, 23, walks in his infirmary at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Queens.
Corpolongo said his blood rushed to the ceiling after Stickfeder stabbed him.
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Stockfeder, on the other hand, “still yelled things” like ‘What the hell is wrong with you?’ and Fk you!'” Corpolongo recalled.

“I looked up and said I need to go to the hospital now,” Corpolongo said. “I’ve lost a lot of blood.”

Corpolongo’s mother cried loudly in the gallery as her son described his injuries.

Justin Corpologno is awaiting testimony.
Corpologno got emotional on the stand as he recalled the attack.
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Matthew Stockfeder leaves the court
Stockfeder is said to have stabbed Corpologno twice in the abdomen.
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“I moved and blood rushed to the ceiling,” Corpolongo said through sobs.

A pal “put his hand on my stomach and tried to push it back inside me,” he continued, as the judge called for a break and court officials handed him napkins to wipe his eyes.

The trial is scheduled to continue on Wednesday.

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