Friday, June 12, 2015

Brooklyn Man Convicted of New Year’s Day Shooting Outside Flatbush Nightclub; Nine Shots Fired, Injuring Two Men

Shooting Captured on Videotape Surveillance Camera

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 31-year-old Brownsville man was convicted of one count of second-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault for opening fire outside a Flatbush nightclub on January 1, 2014, firing nine shots and striking two victims. He faces up to 25 years in prison for each victim when he is sentenced later this month.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant shot up the street outside a night club and put many people who were out celebrating the New Year at risk. He has now been held accountable and will face many years in prison when he is sentenced later this month.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Donald Munnerlyn, 31, of Marconi Place in Brownsville. He was convicted of one count of second-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault yesterday following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Guidice. He will be sentenced on June 25, 2015, at which time he faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 25 years for each of the top two counts.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on January 1, 2014, at approximately 4:45 a.m., the defendant and one of the victims, Richard Cannon, engaged in a fist fight inside a nightclub called Temptations, located at 2210 Church Avenue in Flatbush. They were separated by security. At approximately 5 a.m., the victim was outside of the club with his friends when the defendant walked up to him and fired nine times. He was shot once in the abdomen and once in the back. An innocent bystander, Yves Edouard, who was waiting in line to enter the club, was shot twice in the right leg.

Furthermore, according to trial testimony, the head of security from the club identified the defendant as the shooter in a surveillance video recovered from the club.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Joshua Lee and Dovid Wolosow, of the District Attorney’s Trial Bureau IV, Green Zone, under the supervision of David Klestzick, Chief.