Brooklyn Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Fatally Shooting Rival in the Head

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Brooklyn Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Fatally Shooting Rival in the Head

Captured on High Definition Video Surveillance; Will Be Sentenced to 20 Years to Life

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 24-year-old Brooklyn man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for fatally shooting a man in Flatbush, Brooklyn, killing him. The defendant will be sentenced to 20 years to life in prison as a result of the plea.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant was caught on tape shooting and killing another man in broad daylight.  He will now go to prison for a long time because we will not allow gang members like this to commit senseless violence on our streets.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Avon Simmons, 24, of 2505 Bedford Avenue in Flatbush, Brooklyn. He pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Martin Murphy, who indicated he will sentence the defendant to 20 years to life in prison on March 2, 2016.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on August 13, 2014 at 8:30 a.m., the defendant fired multiple shots at Prinso Ulysse, 26, who was standing outside of 2149 Cortelyou Road in Flatbush, Brooklyn. A bullet struck the side of the victim’s head and he suffered extensive hemorrhaging and swelling to the brain. He died in Kings County Hospital on September 3, 2014.

The shooting was captured on high definition surveillance video that clearly showed the defendant stepping into the roadway, firing a gun at the victim, who was on the sidewalk, and then walking away. The defendant is a member of the G-Stone Crips gang and likely targeted the victim in retaliation for a past incident in which the defendant’s brother was shot.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Patrick O’Connor of the District Attorney’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Bureau, under the supervision of Nicole Chavis, Chief, and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney William E. Schaeffer, Chief of the District Attorney’s Investigations Division.