FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 11, 2016
Brownsville Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Prison
For Fatally Shooting 50-year-old Man
Fired Gun in Broad Daylight
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 24-year-old Brooklyn man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for shooting a 50-year-old man to death on a street where other young people were hanging out.
District Attorney Thompson said, “This young defendant chose to pull out a gun and shoot another man to death. He has been held accountable for this senseless act of gun violence and will now spend many years in prison.”
The District Attorney identified the defendant as Maradona Smith, 24, of Brownsville, Brooklyn. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice to the maximum term of 25 years to life in prison following his conviction on June 21, 2016 of second-degree murder after a jury trial.
The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on October 6, 2013 at about 5:40 p.m., the defendant and a group of other young people were smoking and drinking in the vicinity of 1117 Saint Marks Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
The defendant then shot and killed Emanuel Capers, 50, who was sitting inside a car, according to the evidence. A witness identified the defendant as the shooter and cell phone data confirmed that he was at the scene at the time of the shooting, the evidence showed.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Lewis Lieberman of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Kenneth Taub, Chief.