Man who murdered Mattituck horse farmer sentenced

The man who pleaded guilty to murdering a Mattituck horse farmer in 2013 was sentenced to prison on Tuesday, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney.

Brett Knight, 47, who killed 50-year-old Ross Reisner on Sept. 24, 2013, was sentenced to 22 years by Judge Richard Ambro.

Mr. Reisner had worked in the horse training community for more than 25 years, coworkers at Maple Lane Farm on Cox Neck Road in Mattituck said in the wake of his death.

The longtime horse trainer was shot in the chest by Mr. Knight while he was inside his home on Upper Sheep Pasture Road in Setauket just after 8 p.m., police said. Mr. Reisner’s partner, Kevin Murray, was also inside the house at the time of the shooting and was wounded in the arm.

After the killing, Mr. Knight fled the state on a motorcycle and was found in a Tennessee house weeks later by U.S. Marshals and Sevier County Special Operations Response Team.

He pleaded guilty in December to murder, attempted murder, aggravated harassment and weapons possession.

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