FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.