Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for 2004 Rape of 68-Year-Old Fort Greene Woman

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Monday, October 23, 2017

 

Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for
2004 Rape of 68-Year-Old Fort Greene Woman

Cold Case DNA Hit after 2013 Arrest Led to Charges

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 47-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping a 68-year-old woman after breaking into her Fort Greene apartment in 2004. The defendant was charged with the rape as a result of a “cold hit” following his 2013 arrest in an attempted kidnapping case for which he was required to provide a DNA profile to the New York State DNA databank.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “I hope that today’s sentence will bring a small measure of closure to the victim in this case. This defendant might have thought he got away with this brutal and vicious attack, but technology caught up with him. We will continue to use DNA and other forensic tools to bring offenders to justice.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Willie Weathers, 47, of Brooklyn. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Ruth Shillingford to 25 years in prison following his conviction earlier this month of first-degree rape after a jury trial. The sentence will run consecutively to a prison sentence the defendant is currently serving.

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on July 27, 2004, at approximately 7 p.m., the defendant pushed his way into the victim’s Fort Greene, Brooklyn, apartment, breaking down her door. He strangled and raped her. Before fleeing, he took money from her dresser and ripped a chain and a bracelet off of her body.

The victim’s husband returned home from church approximately a half hour after the defendant fled, found his wife and asked a neighbor to call the police. She was taken to Brooklyn Hospital and a sexual assault evidence collection kit was administered.

The defendant was arrested on July 29, 2013, for an attempted gunpoint kidnapping and his DNA was uploaded into the New York State DNA databank and was a match for the DNA collected from the victim in the 2004 rape kit. He is presently serving 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree attempted kidnapping.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Alana Tierney and Senior Assistant District Attorney Deborah Cohen, of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory, Chief.

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Mother and Daughter Indicted For Stealing over $250,000 from Staples by Obtaining more than 700 E-Gift Cards without Paying

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

 

Mother and Daughter Indicted For Stealing over $250,000 from
Staples by Obtaining more than 700 E-Gift Cards without Paying

Allegedly Tricked Customer Service Representatives to Void Payments;
Purchased iPads, Luxury Apparel, Shoes and More

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a mother and daughter from Brownsville, Brooklyn have been indicted on charges of computer tampering, grand larceny and falsifying business records in connection with a scheme in which they allegedly stole over 700 electronic gift cards from Staples, causing more than $250,000 in losses.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “These defendants worked persistently and shrewdly in conducting this alleged long-running scheme. We will remain vigilant in uprooting all types of fraud in Brooklyn, including those that exploit digital vulnerabilities, and will hold those who commit them accountable.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendants as Rosemarie Barnett, 55, and her daughter Tashana Barnett, 30, both of Brownsville, Brooklyn. They were arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun on an indictment in which they are charged with one count each of first-degree computer tampering and second-degree grand larceny and six counts of first-degree falsifying business records. Bail was set at $100,000 and they were ordered to return to court on November 29, 2017.

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to the indictment, between December 2014 and September 2016, the defendants fraudulently directed Staples employees to release over 700 e-gift cards without payment, causing a loss exceeding $250,000. Electronic e-gift cards are similar to conventional ones, but instead of being physical cards, they get emailed to the purchaser as credit that can then be redeemed at various retailers.

It is alleged that the defendants executed the scheme by creating phone orders of thousands of dollars’ worth of cards without paying, known as draft orders, and provided false billing information and various Gmail addresses that were associated with them. They then called Staples’ customer service hotline under false pretenses thousands of times, according to the investigation. They were rebuffed in almost all instances, but managed to successfully manipulate employees in some cases.

In some of those instances, the investigation revealed, they posed as customer service managers and claimed to be conducting a training exercise. Betraying knowledge of Staples’ ordering system, they instructed the representatives to override the payment requirement and to release hundreds of e-cards without payment. In other instances, they defrauded the employees into performing even exchange returns of e-cards, which effectively re-released the cards to the email addresses used by the defendants.

The defendants then allegedly used the cards at various retailers, including Target, Foot Locker, American Eagle Outfitters and Nordstrom. They purchased True Religion jeans, Ugg boots, Gucci shoes and many other luxury items and also obtained numerous units of Apple iPad Air and other electronics directly from Staples using the same scheme, according to the investigation.

The case was investigated by Detective Jackson Todd, of the NYPD’s Special Frauds Unit, and Investigative Analyst Janelle Cacopardo of the District Attorney’s Investigations Division, under the supervision of Brian Selfon, Chief Investigative Analyst.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Cooper Gorrie, of the District Attorney’s Cyber Crimes Unit, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Dana Roth, Deputy Chief of the Frauds Bureau, and the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Patricia McNeill, Deputy Chief of the District Attorney’s Investigations Division.

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Hit-and-Run Driver Sentenced to up to 15 Years in Prison For Killing Cyclist in Williamsburg

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

 

Hit-and-Run Driver Sentenced to up to 15 Years in Prison
For Killing Cyclist in Williamsburg

Swerved Into Designated Bike Lane, Struck Beloved Advocate and Sped Away

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 57-year-old Brooklyn man was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for recklessly killing 35-year-old Queens cyclist and advocate Matthew von Ohlen, then leaving the scene of the fatal crash.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “The reckless and dastardly actions of this defendant took the life of a beloved cyclist and advocate for safe streets. We cannot tolerate this kind of violent behavior by motorists and I am committed to continue doing my part in ensuring the safety of everyone who uses Brooklyn roads – drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Juan Maldonado, 57, of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Suzanne Mondo to the maximum sentence of five to 15 years in prison following his conviction last month of second-degree manslaughter, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting and reckless driving after a jury trial. The judge indicated that she will ask the Department of Motor Vehicles for a lifetime revocation of the defendant’s driving license.

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on July 2, 2016, at approximately 2:37 a.m., the defendant was behind the wheel of a black Chevy Camaro in the vicinity of Grand Street and Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The defendant swerved into a designated bike lane on Grand Street where the victim was riding his bike, sped through a red light at an intersection and then struck the victim. According to the evidence, the defendant hit the victim’s bicycle from behind causing the victim to fall. The defendant continued driving, running over the victim and dragging him approximately 10 to 20 feet as he sped away. Part of the incident was captured on surveillance video.

The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Douglas Marquez and Stephanie Mishler of the District Attorney’s Grey Zone Trial Bureau, with the assistance of Jennifer Nocella, Deputy Bureau Chief of the District Attorney’s Vehicular Crimes Unit, and Craig Esswein, Bureau Chief, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Danielle Eaddy, Grey Zone Bureau Chief, and James Lin and Maria Park, Deputy Bureau Chiefs.

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Brooklyn Waitress Indicted for Allegedly Stealing Almost $500,000 from Elderly Diner Patron

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

 

Brooklyn Waitress Indicted for Allegedly Stealing
Almost $500,000 from Elderly Diner Patron

Defendant Allegedly Became Trusted Confidant, Gained Access to Victim’s Accounts

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a Flatlands woman has been indicted on grand larceny, identity theft and other charges for allegedly stealing, approximately $470,000 from a customer who frequented a diner where the defendant worked as a waitress.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant allegedly took advantage of an elderly and vulnerable widow. She spent many years gaining the victim’s trust only to betray it. We will now seek to hold her accountable for this serious offense.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Alicia P. Legall, 46, of Flatlands, Brooklyn. She was arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice on an indictment in which she is charged with second-degree grand larceny, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and first-degree identity theft. She faces up to five to 15 years in prison if convicted on the top count. She was ordered held on bail of $2.5 million and to return to court on December 6, 2017.

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to the indictment, between June 2012 and December 2016, Legall stole approximately $470,000 from a now 84-year-old widow who the defendant befriended, beginning in 2002, while she was a waitress at the local diner that the woman patronized. Over the course of several years, she gained access to the woman’s personal information, including her date of birth, address, social security number, and bank and credit card information.

The defendant had permission to use the victim’s credit cards for small purchases at local drug stores and supermarkets, but it is alleged she abused that trust. Specifically she allegedly stole more than $200,000 by cashing 75 checks written to herself or cash on the woman’s HSBC bank account, each of the checks contained the victim’s forged signature.

Furthermore, according to the indictment, from March 2013 through April 2016, the defendant allegedly stole $277,789 by making unauthorized charges against the woman’s Citibank Sears Mastercard accounts, including $73,399 in cash advances and $204,390 in purchases from various retailers including Apple; JetBlue; Victoria’s Secret; New York Racing Authority’s buffets and bars; Harrah’s in Atlantic City; hotels, clubs and restaurants in Miami and other parts of Florida; and Belmont Racetrack.

In addition to the financial theft, it is alleged the defendant stole the victim’s identity by opening additional lines of credit and creating online profiles with horse wagering websites such as TwinSpires and Churchill downs, using the victim’s social security number, date of birth, home address and Mastercard, but using her own email and phone number.

The case was investigated by Detectives Rocco Russo and Jackson Todd of the New York City Police Department’s Financial Crimes Task Force, with the assistance of Deborah Wey, Supervising Financial Investigator of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Karen P. Turner, of the District Attorney’s Frauds Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Dana Roth, Deputy Chief of the Frauds Bureau, and the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Patricia McNeill, Deputy Chief of the District Attorney’s Investigations Division.

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An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.

 

Brooklyn Man Convicted of Murder for Shooting Death Of Fellow Gang Member in Flatlands

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Monday, October 16, 2017

 

Brooklyn Man Convicted of Murder for Shooting Death
Of Fellow Gang Member in Flatlands

Defendant Shot Victim As they Walked Along Street

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a Brooklyn man has been convicted of murder for shooting at a fellow gang member five times, striking him twice, for allegedly stealing from other gang members.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant cruelly and cowardly shot the victim in this case, executing him for a perceived betrayal. In an instant, he senselessly ended one man’s life and destroyed his own.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Reginald Brown, 29, of Brooklyn. The defendant was convicted today of second-degree murder following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice William Harrington. The defendant will be sentenced on November 3, 2017, at which time he faces 25 years to life in prison.

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on November 7, 2010, at approximately 12:55 a.m., near East 48th Street and Avenue J, in Flatlands, Brooklyn, the defendant, a member of the Folk Nation street gang, was walking on East 48th Street with several other alleged gang members. Brown attempted to give a handgun to one of them and instructed him to kill fellow gang member Derron Clarke, but he refused. Brown then took the gun and fired five times at Clarke, striking him once in the neck and once in the right thigh.

Brown was angered at Clarke for allegedly stealing from other gang members, according to testimony. Following a lengthy investigation, he was arrested on April 28, 2015.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorneys Yaniris Urraca and Owen Sucoff, of the District Attorney’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Nicole Chavis, Bureau Chief.

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Queens Man Sentenced To Seven Years in Prison for Mowing Down NYPD Detective with ATV

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Friday, October 13, 2017

 

Queens Man Sentenced To Seven Years in Prison for
Mowing Down NYPD Detective with ATV

Dragged Victim for about a Block, Causing Serious Injuries

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 36-year-old Queens man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for dragging a New York City Police Department detective with an ATV, causing fractures and broken bones, after he was instructed to stop the vehicle at a Brooklyn intersection.

Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said, “This defendant was driving recklessly before injuring a courageous officer who tried to stop him. Such lawless behavior on our roads is dangerous and unacceptable, making him fully deserving of the prison sentence that was imposed today.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Kenny Ortiz, 36, of Ozone Park, Queens. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice William Harrington to seven years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision following his guilty plea last month to attempted aggravated assault on a police officer.

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on March 2, 2014, at approximately 3:25 p.m., on Conduit Boulevard by Pitkin Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn, the defendant was observed recklessly driving a yellow ATV through streets and sidewalks. NYPD Detective Matt McCluskey and his partner were in the area in plain clothes and inside an unmarked van.

At a red light, the detectives exited their vehicle. Detective McCluskey, wearing his badge around his neck, jumped in front of the ATV and yelled, “Police, police, turn the engine off,” according to the evidence. The defendant then drove forward, dragging the detective for the approximate length of a city block, and sped away.

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. He suffered numerous broken bones, a fractured pelvis, fractured orbital bone, and a broken nose as well as an infection from an open leg wound and a punctured ankle.

After the police received a tip regarding his identity, the defendant turned himself in on March 7, 2014. In a statement, he admitted to driving the ATV and claimed that he didn’t know the victim was a police officer. The dismantled ATV was subsequently recovered from the defendant’s girlfriend’s garage.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Katherine Fernandez and Assistant District Attorney Robert Schwartz of the District Attorney’s Red Zone Trial Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kin Ng, Bureau Chief, and the overall supervision of the Assistant District Attorney Joseph Alexis, Chief of the Trial Division.

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Brooklyn Man Convicted of 2004 Rape of 68-Year-Old Fort Greene Woman Following Cold Case DNA Hit

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Friday, October 6, 2017

 

Brooklyn Man Convicted of 2004 Rape of 68-Year-Old Fort Greene Woman
Following Cold Case DNA Hit

Faces up to 25 Years in State Prison at Sentencing

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 47-year-old man has been convicted of raping a 68-year-old woman after breaking into her Fort Greene apartment in 2004. The defendant was charged with the rape as a result of a “cold hit” following his 2013 arrest in an attempted kidnapping case for which he was required to provide a DNA profile to the New York State DNA databank.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “With this conviction we bring long-overdue justice to this vulnerable victim who now, at age 81, courageously took the witness stand and testified against the defendant. This violent predator deserves to spend many years in prison.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Willie Weathers, 47, of Brooklyn. He was convicted of first-degree rape today following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Ruth Shillingford, who set sentencing for October 23, 2017, at which time he faces up to 25 years in prison.

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on July 27, 2004, at approximately 7 p.m., the defendant pushed his way into the victim’s Fort Greene, Brooklyn, apartment, breaking down her door. He strangled and raped her. Before fleeing, he took money from her dresser and ripped a chain and a bracelet off of her body.

The victim’s husband returned home from church approximately a half hour after the defendant fled, found his wife and asked a neighbor to call the police. She was taken to Brooklyn Hospital and a sexual assault evidence collection kit was administered.

The defendant was arrested on July 29, 2013, for an attempted gunpoint kidnapping and his DNA was uploaded into the New York State DNA databank and was a match for the DNA collected from the victim in the 2004 rape kit. He is presently serving 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree attempted kidnapping.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Alana Tierney and Senior Assistant District Attorney Deborah Cohen, of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory, Chief.

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Brooklyn Teenager Indicted for Shooting Man and Wounding Two-Year-Old Baby outside Subway Station

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Friday, October 6, 2017

 

Brooklyn Teenager Indicted for Shooting Man and Wounding
Two-Year-Old Baby outside Subway Station

Bullet Struck Intended Victim in Thigh and Grazed Toddler’s Knee

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 19-year-old Brooklyn teenager has been indicted for attempted murder and assault for allegedly shooting a man outside a subway station in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The bullet went through the victim’s leg and grazed a baby, who was sitting in a stroller nearby.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant had the audacity to allegedly open fire during rush hour in the middle of a busy street. As is the case all too often, he also struck an innocent bystander—a young baby who thankfully survived. We will never accept such cases of gun violence in Brooklyn and will prosecute them vigorously.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Lyemel Summerville, 19, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He was arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Martin Murphy on an indictment in which he is charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and related counts. The defendant was ordered held on $50,000 bond or $25,000 bail and to return to court on November 20, 2017. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if convicted.

The Acting District Attorney said that on August 19, 2017, at about 5:15 p.m., outside a subway station near the corner of Sutter Avenue and Junius Street in Brownsville, the defendant was arguing with a 20-year-old man, according to the investigation.

The defendant then allegedly fired at least one shot, striking the victim in the right thigh, according to the investigation. The bullet went through the victim’s leg and grazed the knee of a 2-year-old baby who was sitting in a baby stroller that was being pushed by his grandfather. A .25-caliber shell casing was recovered from outside the station.

The older victim was hospitalized for several days for the gunshot wound. The baby was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released. The defendant’s photo was distributed to the media and he was arrested on September 2, 2017.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Christopher Myco of the District Attorney’s Trial Bureau Orange Zone, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Janet Gleeson, Bureau Chief.

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Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison For Shooting Death of Canarsie Man

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

 

Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison
For Shooting Death of Canarsie Man

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 28-year-old Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatally shooting a man outside a house in Canarsie where the defendant’s girlfriend was residing.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant senselessly shot and killed a young man who had his whole life ahead of him. He has now been held accountable and will spend many years in prison for his actions.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Brian Williams, 28, of Brownsville, Brooklyn. He was sentenced today to 20 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dena Douglass. The defendant was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon following a jury trial in August.

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on February 13, 2016, at approximately 5:45 p.m., the defendant was visiting his ex-girlfriend at a house on East 93rd Street in Canarsie, Brooklyn. He then got into an argument with Javane Laurent, 24, who was the son of the homeowner. Laurent was enraged that Williams had brought a gun to his house. Laurent grabbed a machete from his room and used it to guide the defendant out of the house. Once outside, the defendant shot Laurent multiple times in the back. He was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Jamie Begley, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, and Senior Assistant District Attorney Justin Marrus, of the District Attorney’s Trial Bureau Orange Zone, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Timothy Gough, Homicide Bureau Chief.

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Flatbush Man Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison for Shooting Innocent 13-year-old Boy in the Eye

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

 

Flatbush Man Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison for
Shooting Innocent 13-year-old Boy in the Eye

Second Victim, Who was the Intended Target, Shot in the Leg

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 24-year-old Brooklyn man was sentenced to 24 years in prison for shooting a 13-year-old boy in the eye, in broad daylight, while attempting to gun down a rival. The intended target was struck in the leg.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “The young victim of this senseless shooting, who bravely endured multiple surgeries and lost an eye, will suffer the consequences of it for the rest of his life. Today’s sentence holds the defendant accountable and should serve as a warning that gun violence such as this will not be tolerated on the streets of Brooklyn.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Kareem Potomont, 24, of Flatbush, Brooklyn. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Ruth Shillingford to 24 years in prison following his conviction last month of first-degree assault, first-degree attempted assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon after a jury trial.

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on April 14, 2014, at approximately 11:55 a.m., in the vicinity of Flatbush Avenue and Beverley Road, the defendant opened fire on a 24-year-old man, striking him in the leg. The 13-year-old, who was waiting for a bus with his aunt and cousin, was struck in the right eye by a stray bullet.

The defendant was captured on videotape shooting the firearm and then fleeing the scene. He was arrested three days later after being located in the basement of a house in Jamaica, Queens.

The older victim was treated for his gunshot to the leg and released. The child lost his vision in his right eye and eventually had the eye removed. He underwent multiple surgeries.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Yaniris Urraca, of the District Attorney’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Nicole Chavis, Chief of VCE, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Joseph Alexis, Chief of Trials and Assistant District Attorney Patricia McNeill, Deputy Chief of the District Attorney’s Investigations Division, and the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Mark Feldman, Senior Executive for Crime Strategies and Investigations.

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