Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for Murdering His Ex-Girlfriend

Monday, May 1, 2017


Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for Murdering His Ex-Girlfriend

Defendant Strangled Victim during Argument over Child Support for Their Two Children

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend following an argument over child support inside of her apartment in the Roosevelt Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant unbelievably escalated an argument over child support to murder. He has now been sentenced to a well-deserved prison sentence for this senseless killing of the young mother of his two children, who are now left to grow up without either parent.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Tristan Anderson, 30, of East New York, Brooklyn. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Matthew Sciarrino to 25 years to life in prison following his conviction last month on charges of second-degree murder after a jury trial.

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on July 22, 2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the defendant and his ex-girlfriend, Shawntell Davis, 25, who had two children, now ages three and eight, were engaged in an argument over child support, according to the defendant, inside of her apartment, located at 953 DeKalb Avenue, in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The defendant told police that he pushed the victim to the floor and she may have banged her head and that she was lying on the floor gurgling and wheezing when he left the apartment.

The evidence proved that the victim died as a result of ligature strangulation with blunt impact injury to the head.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Sabeeha Madni and Assistant District Attorney Asia Watson of the District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Michelle Kaminsky, Bureau Chief.