Man Convicted of 2004 Cold Case Murder Of 17-Year-Old Bushwick Girl

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

 

Man Convicted 0f 2004 Cold Case Murder Of 17-Year-Old Bushwick Girl

Identified through DNA Found on Victim’s Fingernails

 

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 40-year-old man has been convicted of the murder of Sharabia Thomas, a teenager from Bushwick, Brooklyn who was killed in 2004. A DNA analysis of cells found on the victim’s fingernails, conducted in 2016, was a match to the defendant, leading to his arrest and conviction.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “Sharabia’s bravery when she fought for her life helped bring her killer to justice and he has now been held responsible for this brutal years-old murder. Today’s verdict is a testament to the importance of my Cold Case Unit that’s working tirelessly with the NYPD to solve old crimes using the latest technology.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Kwauhuru Govan, 40, formerly of Gates Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He was convicted today of second-degree murder following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Joanne Quinones. The defendant faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced on September 7, 2018.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, the naked body of Sharabia Thomas, 17, was discovered on the afternoon of February 11, 2004 inside two laundry bags on the side of an alleyway adjacent to 130 Palmetto Street in Bushwick. The victim suffered blunt force trauma to her head, face and torso and had visible ligature marks on her wrists and ankles. The cause of death was determined to be asphyxia by neck compression.

The investigation determined that Sharabia did not go to school that day and was last seen alive earlier that morning when her siblings left for school. DNA testing in 2004, using swabs from the sexual assault evidence kit, yielded no results.

In June 2016, the NYPD’s Cold Case Squad and the District Attorney’s Cold Case Unit requested that fingernail clippings taken from the victim at the time of the autopsy be located and tested for DNA. A full male profile was developed from DNA that was discovered on multiple nails from both hands, the evidence showed. It was uploaded to the national DNA database which is maintained by the FBI and matched the defendant, whose DNA was entered into the database following a 2014 arrest for an armed robbery in Polk County, Florida.

The defendant was arrested in November 2016 upon his release from a Florida prison and was subsequently extradited to Brooklyn. In a statement, the defendant, who resided about two blocks from the Sharabia’s home in 2004, denied knowing the victim.

A notebook found in his prison belongings contained a sketch of a chair-like device, designed by the defendant, that is meant to restrain women during sexual encounters. The ligature markings found on the victim matched the retrains in the design.

The defendant is also facing a separate indictment for the 2005 murder of 19-year-old Rashawn Brazell. That case is pending.

The case was investigated by New York City Police Department Detectives Evelin Guiterrez and Jason Palamara of the NYPD Cold Case Squad, under the supervision of Lieutenant David Nilsen and Lieutenant Dennis Klein of the NYPD Cold Case Squad.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Leila Rosini, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Danielle Reddan, of the District Attorney’s Grey Zone Trial Bureau, under the supervision Assistant District Attorney Timothy Gough, Homicide Bureau Chief, and Rachel Singer, Chief of the District Attorney’s Cold Case Unit.

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Brownsville Woman Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Fatally Stabbing Romantic Rival

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Friday, July 13, 2018

 

Brownsville Woman Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Fatally Stabbing Romantic Rival

Killed Her Boyfriend’s Ex-Girlfriend After Physical Altercation

 

 

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 22-year-old Brooklyn woman has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for fatally stabbing her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend after the two had a physical altercation in front of the man’s home in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “The defendant needlessly and senselessly escalated a fight by using a knife with fatal and tragic consequences. She ended a young woman’s life and ruined her own future because of the terrible choice that she made.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Shenia Williams, 22, of Brownsville, Brooklyn. She was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice to 18 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision following her guilty plea last month to first-degree manslaughter.

The District Attorney said that, according to the evidence, on September 13, 2016, at about 12:40 a.m., the victim, 22-year-old Joanna Beauzier, arrived at the home of her ex-boyfriend on Lott Avenue in Brownsville to confront the defendant. Her 9-month-old son was with her.

The two women engaged in a physical altercation outside the house and were separated a few times, the evidence showed. The defendant then pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times. The victim sustained three stab wounds to her body and was pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Leila Rosini, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Timothy Gough, Bureau Chief.

 

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Brooklyn Man Indicted for Rape and Robbery After Allegedly Dragging a Woman into an Alleyway in Bushwick

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

 

Brooklyn Man Indicted for Rape and Robbery After Allegedly

Dragging a Woman into an Alleyway in Bushwick

 

Defendant Grabbed the Victim as She Walked to Laundromat;

Attempted to Rob Another Woman Earlier That Night

 

                Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 23-year-old Bushwick man has been indicted on rape, robbery and related charges for allegedly attacking a 23-year-old woman after dragging her into an alleyway at knife point, and for attempting to rob another woman at knifepoint in an earlier incident.

            District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant allegedly brutally victimized two women and destroyed their sense of safety. Today’s court action is the first step to ensuring that he is held accountable for his alleged violent crimes.”

           The District Attorney identified the defendant as Thomas Gallishaw, 23, of Bushwick, Brooklyn. He was arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice William Miller on a 26-count indictment in which he is charged with predatory sexual assault, first-degree rape, first-degree robbery as a sexually motivated felony, first-degree sexual abuse and other charges. He was ordered held on $1 million bail and to return to court on September 13, 2018. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted of the top count.  

           The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on June 12, 2018, at approximately 10:30 p.m., the defendant allegedly targeted a 23-year-old female victim in front of 28 Stuyvesant Avenue, in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The victim had just exited a nearby building and was walking to a laundromat. The defendant allegedly placed his arm around her neck and placed a knife to her neck.  He then allegedly dragged her to the alleyway in the rear of the building, threw her to the ground and raped her.

            A neighbor heard a commotion in the alleyway and called 911, according to the investigation, at which time the defendant allegedly fled with the victim’s iPhone and purse. When the police arrived, a responding officer passed the defendant on the way out of the alleyway. After seeing the woman crying on the ground, the officer called out to the sergeant on the scene to stop him from leaving. As the sergeant tried to stop him, the defendant fled. He was pursued by police, who eventually located him using the Find My iPhone app on the victim’s iPhone, which the defendant allegedly had, along with a knife, when he was arrested.

            At approximately 9:45 p.m., earlier on the same night, at Kosciousko Street and Nostrand Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, the defendant allegedly attacked a 32-year-old woman. He allegedly approached her from behind, displayed a knife, threw her to the ground and climbed on top of her, according to the investigation. The victim’s boyfriend interceded and the defendant allegedly ran away.         

           The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Linda Weinman, of the District Attorney’s Special Victim’s Bureau, under the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory, Bureau Chief.

 

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Brooklyn Man Sentenced to up to 20 Years in Prison for Raping a Teenager at Gunpoint in 1994

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Friday, July 6, 2018

 

Brooklyn Man Sentenced to up to 20 Years in Prison for Raping a Teenager at Gunpoint in 1994

Indicted as John Doe in 2004; Arrested in 2015 After Providing DNA Sample Upon Release from Prison

 

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 48-year-old Brooklyn man has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for raping a 15-year-old girl at gunpoint in 1994. A DNA profile of the defendant was created in 2002 and he was indicted as John Doe two years later. After he was released from prison in 2015, he provided DNA that matched the sample that was recovered after the rape, leading to his arrest.   

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “Rape results in trauma that lasts a lifetime and we will never stop seeking justice for those who have been sexually violated. With today’s sentence, the defendant has been held accountable for this deplorable 24-year-old crime, affording the victim a measure of closure for the horror inflicted upon her as a teenager.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant Franklin Gardner, 48, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Matthew Sciarrino to an indeterminate sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison following his guilty plea in April to first-degree rape and related charges.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on August 28, 1994, the victim, who was 15 at the time, was walking into her building at the Glenwood Houses in Flatlands, Brooklyn. As she was entering her apartment, the defendant forced her up to the roof at gunpoint and raped her. The victim immediately told a neighbor and her parents. She was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where a sexual assault evidence collection kit was administered.

In 2002, semen recovered when the rape kit was administered was tested as part of a backlog clearing project and a male DNA profile was generated. The defendant’s DNA was not in the database and no match was found. In 2004, the case was indicted with the defendant identified as John Doe to ensure that the statute of limitations did not expire. Until it was amended in 2006, the statute of limitations on rape when the identity or whereabouts of the offender were unknown was 10 years.

In 2015, the defendant, as required by law, provided a DNA sample after serving a 20-year prison sentence in New Jersey for a carjacking he committed. His DNA matched the sample from the 1994 rape, which was stored in a DNA database, and he was arrested on December 15, 2015.

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

 

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Brooklyn Man Convicted of Fatal Shooting in Ditmas Park

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

 

Brooklyn Man Convicted of Fatal Shooting in Ditmas Park

Faces up to 25 Years to Life in Prison

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a Brooklyn man was convicted of murder for the 2015 shooting death of another man, Raphael Kurton, who was shot in the chest and leg in front of a shop in Ditmas Park.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This was a brazen and senseless murder for which a jury has now held this defendant accountable. Brooklyn residents have a right to feel safe in their communities and we will never tolerate such violence in our neighborhoods.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Patrick Zephir, 36, of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. He was convicted today of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice. The defendant will be sentenced on April 9, 2018, at which time he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on May 26, 2015, at approximately 9:20 p.m., in front of a deli located at 1624 Newkirk Avenue, the defendant aimed a handgun at Raphael Kurton, 27, and fired six times, striking the victim twice, once in the chest and once in the thigh. He later died at Kings County Hospital.

Zephir fled the scene and was arrested two and a half months later in West Virginia.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Bernarda Villalona, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Timothy Gough, Bureau Chief.

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Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 23 Years to Life in Prison for Fatally Shooting a Man During an Ambush in Bedford-Stuyvesant

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

 

Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 23 Years to Life in Prison for Fatally Shooting a Man During an Ambush in Bedford-Stuyvesant

Defendant Ambushed the Victim While He was Sitting in a Courtyard

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 37-year-old man has been sentenced to 23 years to life in prison for fatally shooting a man in 2015 during an ambush in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant carefully planned and executed a cowardly attack on an unsuspecting man. I am committed to continue keeping Brooklyn safe and today’s sentence ensures that this clearly dangerous individual is taken off our streets.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Isaac Bryant, 37, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun to 23 years to life in prison. The defendant was convicted of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon last November following a jury trial.

According to trial testimony, on May 27, 2015, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the defendant exited a car and walked towards the victim while holding a handgun and started shooting. The victim, Jamaal Anderson, 31, was sitting in a courtyard at 1615 Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Anderson attempted to run away when he heard the shots, but was shot in the back and collapsed. The defendant then ran back to the car and drove off.

The shooting was in retaliation for a friend’s shooting days earlier, according to trial testimony.

The District Attorney said that the victim was taken to Interfaith Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Investigators recovered surveillance video showing the defendant running towards the victim while shooting a gun. Bryant was also recorded running away and getting into his car after the shooting.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Ernest Chin, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, and Senior Assistant Attorney Douglas Marquez, of the District Attorney’s Grey Zone Trial Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Timothy Gough, Homicide Bureau Chief.

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Former Owner of Three-Quarter Houses Pleads Guilty To Fraud for Unlawfully Removing Tenants from Homes

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Former Owner of Three-Quarter Houses Pleads Guilty
To Fraud for Unlawfully Removing Tenants from Homes

Will Be Sentenced to up to Three Years in Prison; Forced Tenenets Out of Homes
During the Day, Locked Doors, Put Belongings on the Street, Broke Stoves

 

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that the former owner of a company that operated three-quarter houses in Brooklyn pleaded guilty to scheme to defraud and will be sentenced to up to three years in prison. The defendant used various tactics to evict residents without a court order, including putting their belongings on the street, removing their mattresses, preventing them from cooking by breaking stoves and locking the doors to the residences to prevent entry after forcing them out during the daytime.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant victimized the most vulnerable among us by treating them inhumanely – they were used to make him a profit and then literally thrown to the curb. His actions were unlawful and unconscionable, making the prison sentence he will receive appropriate. I remain committed to protecting everyone in Brooklyn from fraud and illegal evictions such as these.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Yury Baumblit, 67, of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. He pleaded guilty yesterday before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun to first-degree scheme to defraud in exchange for a promised sentence of one and a half to three years in prison. Sentencing was scheduled for March 7, 2018. The sentence will run concurrently with a sentence in a separate case that’s being handled by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, Baumblit operated Back on Track Inc., a company that rented out three-quarter houses (also known as transitional houses or sober houses). Most tenants in his houses received shelter allowance from the New York City Human Resources Administration and others paid the landlord in cash.

Between April 2014 and March 16, 2016, the defendant unlawfully evicted at least 10 tenants who occupied rooms for over 30 days – even though landlords cannot evict a tenant who occupies a room or a bed for 30 consecutive days without a court order. That constituted an ongoing scheme to defraud these tenants of their property. All the tenants were directed by Baumblit to attend a substance abuse program, even when they did not have a substance abuse problem.

One victim moved to 456 Glenmore Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn in May 2014 and resided there for over a year. During that period, Baumblit or his employee locked the residence during the day, according to the investigation. In addition, the victim observed the defendant or his employees removing mattresses belonging to tenants and destroying the stove so tenants could not cook.

Another tenant in the residence, who paid Baumblit in cash from his disability payments, was evicted after six months in the home when the defendant removed his belongings and placed another tenant in his bed. The victim sued in Tenant-Landlord Court and obtained an order directing Baumblit to return the bed to him. The defendant refused and the victim slept on the floor for more than four months.

At that same residence, another victim had surgery in early 2015 and, subsequently, was told by Baumblit he could not stay in the home during the day and had to attend his assigned program. The victim went to the program, collapsed in the street and was hospitalized for five days, according to the indictment.

The case was investigated by Detecitve Investigator Marvin Chalmers under the supervision of Supervising Detective Investigator Robert Addonizio and Deputy Chief Edwin Murphy. NYPD Police Officer Courney Vishawadia, of the 73rd Precinct, initially investigated the case and arrested the defendant.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Vivian Young Joo, of the District Attorney’s Frauds Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Patricia McNeill, Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division.

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Former Employee of Charter Bus Company Sentenced to Prison For Stealing over $1 million in Amusement Park Tickets from Employer

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

 

Former Employee of Charter Bus Company Sentenced to Prison
For Stealing over $1 million in Amusement Park Tickets from Employer

Used Company Credit Card to Buy and Misappropriate over 36,000 Tickets
To Dorney Park and Six Flags Great Adventure

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced that a Staten Island woman was sentenced to one to three years in state prison today, following her guilty plea to first-degree grand larceny last month for stealing amusement park tickets valued at over $1 million from her employer, a Red Hook-based charter bus company. The defendant used the company credit card to purchase tickets that were later redeemed at the parks but unconnected to any company offerings.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant was an unscrupulous employee who used her position of trust to steal more than $1 million in property from her employer. Losses such as this can be devastating to small businesses, which are integral to our communities in Brooklyn. Today’s prison term holds her accountable.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Rosemarie Bader, 51, of Staten Island. The defendant was sentenced today to one to three years in prison by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun, who signed a judgment order directing the defendant to pay restitution in the amount of $1,000,533.00 to Best Trails & Travel. The defendant pleaded guilty to first-degree grand larceny last month.

The District Attorney said that, according to the indictment, the defendant worked for Best Trails and Travel Corporation (BTTC), a charter bus company located at 5 Sigourney Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn. BTTC offers private and corporate charter bus packages to a variety of locations, including regional amusement parks and casinos and often including admission to the destinations. The defendant, a 16-year employee of the company, was most recently employed as the Sales Director – a role in which she alone managed and coordinated the various amusement park trip packages offered by BTTC to its clientele: She ordered the tickets from the amusement parks, took delivery of the tickets, secured the tickets in a safe to which she alone had access, placed bus dispatch orders and distributed the appropriate number of theme park tickets to the bus drivers and trip leaders. The defendant was authorized to use BTTC’s American Express credit card to pay for the theme park tickets for the packages.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, between approximately January 2014 and November 2016, the defendant used the BTTC credit card to over-order tickets to two of the company’s destinations, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey and Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, using the card to pay for over 36,000 tickets that were unconnected to any BTTC bus package but were redeemed at the parks. The defendant took delivery of the tickets by intercepting UPS and Federal Express deliveries and storing the tickets in a personal safe under her desk to which only she had access. The vast majority of the tickets the defendant over-ordered and possessed were never used to fulfill BTTC’s bus-and-ticket packages, nor were the unused and unauthorized tickets returned to the amusement parks for refund, as was the company’s usual practice. Rather, the defendant kept those tickets for her own use without authorization of BTTC.

The defendant’s scheme was discovered in 2016 when an accounting by her employer revealed company ticket orders to Dorney Park and Six Flags Great Adventure far exceeding the actual bus seats available to the parks through company-run trips during applicable time periods. In total, between approximately January 2014 and November 2016, the defendant allegedly used the BTTC American Express credit card to purchase 23,136 tickets to Dorney Park and 13,102 tickets to Six Flags Great Adventure that were redeemed at the parks, according to the investigation, but were unconnected to any BTTC trips. Combined, based upon the average cost of the tickets misappropriated by the defendant, she stole at least $1,000,533 worth of tickets from the company. The defendant’s employment was terminated in October 2016.

The case was investigated by Supervising Detective Investigator Michael Seminara and Detective Investigator Jacqueline Klapak, both of the District Attorney’s Investigations Bureau, under the overall supervision of Chief Investigator Joseph Piraino.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Deidre Moskowitz, of the District Attorney’s Frauds Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Patricia McNeill, Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Feldman, Senior Executive for Investigations and Crime Strategies.

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New York City Police Officer Convicted in Connection With Transferring Title to Bedford-Stuyvesant Property to Herself

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

 

New York City Police Officer Convicted in Connection
With Transferring Title to Bedford-Stuyvesant Property to Herself

Faces Up to 7 Years in Prison at Sentencing

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a New York City police officer has been convicted in connection with transferring title from a neglected three-family house in Bedford-Stuyvesant by filing a deed transferring the property from the deceased owner’s nephew to herself in 2012, only to see her scheme unravel when the nephew was approached by an actual potential buyer in 2014.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant shamelessly took advantage of a vacant house to enrich herself. She has now been held accountable. I am committed to protecting homeowners as Brooklyn’s property values soar and criminals try to cash in. I urge property owners to register their homes with ACRIS (Automated City Register Information System) so that they are automatically informed of changes made to documents associated with their property.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Police Officer Blanche O’Neal, 40, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. She was convicted of first-degree perjury, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing today following a bench trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun. She will be sentenced on April 18, 2018, at which time she faces up to 7 years in prison.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on September 12, 2012, the defendant, who is an NYPD officer, executed a deed that stated that she bought the property, 23A Vernon Avenue, from the nephew of the deceased homeowner, Lillian Hudson, who died in 1993. The nephew and several relatives inherited the property, though it sat vacant and neglected for many years.

The defendant, according to trial testimony, falsely indicated in her filings with the New York City Department of Finance, Office of the City Register, that she purchased the property for $10,000 from the nephew and the deed was purportedly signed by him. The Office of the City Register recorded the deed on October 11, 2012.

Furthermore, in connection with a burglary involving the property, the defendant falsely testified before a grand jury on September 29, 2014, that she owned the property.

In 2014, the nephew and the other heirs were approached by a buyer in the form of a business entity known as 23A Vernon LLC. That is when Lillian Hudson’s heirs discovered the 2012 deed allegedly filed by the defendant.

The case was investigated by the New York City Office of the Sheriff, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Investigator Teresa Russo, under the supervision of Chief Investigator James Grayson, First Deputy Sheriff Maureen Kokeas, and the overall supervision of Sheriff Joseph Fucito.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Frank Dudis and Assistant District Attorney Ellen Koenig of the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit, and Assistant District Attorney Richard Farrell, Unit Chief, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Patricia McNeill, Deputy Chief of the District Attorney’s Investigations Division.

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Gang Member Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Shooting Teenager during Incident where Another Teen was Killed Outside of Applebee’s in Downtown Brooklyn

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

 

Gang Member Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Shooting
Teenager during Incident where Another Teen was Killed
Outside of Applebee’s in Downtown Brooklyn

Shots Fired as Two Rival Gangs Confronted Each Other on Busy Flatbush Avenue

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a gang member was sentenced to 15 years in prison following his convictions of first-degree manslaughter and other charges in connection with a 2015 shooting in which he shot an 18-year-old, leading to the subsequent death of 16-year-old Armani Hankins.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “I am committed to keeping the people of Brooklyn safe and will not tolerate gun battles in our streets like the one that took place in this case. This defendant opened fire in a bustling neighborhood, not far from a hospital and a college campus, wounding a young man. With today’s sentence, he has been held responsible for his brazen and lawless actions.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Tyshawn Simon-Roberson, 18, of Downtown Brooklyn. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice following his conviction last month of first-degree manslaughter, first-degree attempted assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon after a jury trial. A co-defendant, Malik Peters, 19, was convicted of the same charges by a different jury and is scheduled to be sentenced on February 27, 2018.

According to trial testimony, on October 26, 2015, at approximately 6 p.m., members of two rival gangs, the East New York-based “4 to 5” and the Fort Greene-based “900” met up in the vicinity of 395 Flatbush Avenue Extension, in front of an Applebee’s restaurant, and confronted each other. Simon-Roberson pulled out a firearm and fired twice, striking an 18-year-old in the leg. When “4 to 5” associates, which included Armani Hankins, ran in pursuit of the fleeing “900” members after the teen was shot in the leg, Peters pulled out a gun and shot and killed “4 to 5” gang member Hankins.

The case was investigated by Detective Anthony Barbee of the NYPD’s 88th Precinct Detective Squad. The case was additionally investigated by Detective Investigator Kolawole Olosunde, under the supervision of Supervising Detective Investigator David Acres, Deputy Chief Edwin Murphy and Interim Chief Joseph Piraino, of the District Attorney’s Investigations Bureau.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Patrick O’Connor, Deputy Chief of the District Attorney’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Bureau, and Senior Assistant District Attorney Viviane Dussek, also of VCE, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Nicole Chavis, VCE Chief, and the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Patricia McNeill, Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division.

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