East New York Man Sentenced to 60 Years to Life in Prison For Kidnapping and Imprisonment of Girlfriend and Her Baby

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

 

East New York Man Sentenced to 60 Years to Life in Prison For Kidnapping and Imprisonment of Girlfriend and Her Baby

Victims Bound, Beaten and Starved Over Five Months

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 36-year-old East New York man was sentenced to 60 years to life in prison. He was convicted last month of kidnapping and beating his girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter over five months, repeatedly sexually abusing the woman and threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant is unfit to ever again live in a civilized society and today’s sentence ensures that he will not. His former girlfriend showed tremendous courage by coming forward and testifying against him and seeing that justice was done for her and her child.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Yohannes Anglin, 36, of East New York, Brooklyn. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice John Ingram to 60 years to life in prison. Last month the defendant was convicted of two counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment following a jury trial.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, between January 6, 2012 and May 29, 2012, the defendant, on a daily basis, bound the hands and feet of his 27-year-old girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter with duct tape to prevent them from leaving their apartment and threatened to kill them if they tried to escape.

Further testimony showed that the defendant repeatedly sexually abused and strangled the woman and burned her with lit cigarettes. The woman and child were also beaten and starved; the child was forced to wear dirty diapers.

The victims were rescued by police, according to trial testimony, after they were called by a neighbor who reported a disturbance. The woman was hospitalized and treated for a broken jaw and finger, as well as cuts and cigarette burns all over her body. The child was treated for malnourishment, infections to the buttocks, and old and new bruises all over her body. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Brooke Cohen of the District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Audra Beerman, Deputy  Bureau Chief, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Michelle Kaminsky, Bureau Chief.

 

#

 

 

Brooklyn Contractor Sentenced for Stealing Employees’ Wages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

 

Brooklyn Contractor Sentenced for Stealing Employees’ Wages

Defendant Agreed to Pay Back $67,220 He Owed to 11 Workers
Who Performed Construction Work on Townhouses and Other Properties

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced today that the owner of a construction company who stole wages from 11 employees was sentenced as part of a plea agreement under which he paid back in full all the owed money.

District Attorney Thompson said, “We will not allow workers in Brooklyn to be cheated out of their hard-earned money and will make sure that every victimized employee is made whole. This defendant has accepted responsibility and paid the laborers every penny they were due.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as William Dorvillier, 51, of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Dorvillier was sentenced today to a conditional discharge by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Matthew Sciarrino. Dorvillier and his company pleaded guilty on April 16, 2015. Dorvillier pleaded guilty to one count of petit larceny and has since paid back all the $67,220 he owed. The District Attorney’s Office will distribute the money to the employees.

The corporation, W.M. Dorvillier & Company, Inc., of 332 Van Brunt Street, in Red Hook, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree scheme to defraud. Now closed, it was a full-service general contractor which worked on a variety of projects, including construction of residential properties in Brooklyn.

An investigation by the District Attorney’s Office revealed that Dorvillier owed money to 11 employees who worked as carpenters, painters, welders, masons, cleaners and helpers. They variously worked for him from as early as 2007 through July 2014 for day rates that ranged from $70 to $200. He started missing certain wage payments for some of them in 2010. Each employee was owed between $3,000 and $9,000 in total.

The investigation further showed that when workers complained about the unpaid salaries, Dorvillier responded with numerous excuses, telling one employee he is waiting for a check to clear and promising another employee that he will get paid soon, after a big job comes through. He also told some employees to ask the homeowner of a townhouse they were building in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, for the balance in pay even though the homeowner had paid the defendant in full.

The District Attorney’s Labor Frauds Unit initiated an investigation after the case was referred for prosecution by an attorney who represented the victims. If you believe you have been a victim of Labor Fraud, such as wage theft or retaliation, please call our Labor Frauds Unit at 718-250-3770.

The case was investigated by Detective Investigators Jennifer Burgos and Kevin McAleese of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, under the supervision of Supervising Detective Investigator Robert Addonizio and Richard Bellucci, Chief of the District Attorney’s Investigations Bureau.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Ugoeze Ukomadu and Meredith McGowan, Deputy Chief of the District Attorney’s Labor Frauds Unit, under the supervision of Felice Sontupe, Chief of the District Attorney’s Frauds Bureau, and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney William E. Schaeffer, Chief of the Investigations Division.

 

#

Brooklyn Man Who Stabbed 75-Year-Old Woman and Left Her for Dead Sentenced to 75 Years in Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

 

Brooklyn Man Who Stabbed 75-Year-Old Woman and
Left Her for Dead Sentenced to 75 Years in Prison

Defendant, a Friend of the Victim’s Grandson, Forced His Way into Apartment

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a Brownsville man has been sentenced to 75 years in prison following his conviction on second-degree attempted murder and other charges for stabbing an elderly woman repeatedly and leaving her seriously injured on her apartment floor.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant savagely stabbed a defenseless 75-year-old woman all over her body, robbed her of what little money she had and then left her to die. He deserves every day of his 75-year prison sentence.”

The District Attorney said that the defendant, Shytuan Breazil, 23, of Bristol Street, in Brownsville, Brooklyn, was today sentenced to 75 years in prison by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent M. Del Guidice. The defendant was convicted of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on September 18, 2013, at about 2 p.m., the victim, Alvita Morales, 75, was in her apartment on Warren Street in the Warren Gardens/Wycoff Housing Development, when she heard a knock on the door and looked through the peephole. She saw the defendant, whom she recognized as a friend of her grandson, and opened the door to tell him her grandson was not staying with her. The defendant then placed his book bag on the floor and said he had something for her grandson. When the victim tried to shut the door, he shoved her to the floor and forced his way into the apartment.

Once inside the apartment, according to trial testimony, the defendant demanded money and the victim told him she had $40 in her purse. He then took a large knife from her kitchen and put it in his pocket. The victim began to scream and the defendant placed his hand over her mouth and proceeded to stab her repeatedly. He then rifled through her belongings, stopping to check on her before leaving the apartment. The victim testified that she played dead, but after he left the apartment she managed to drag herself out into the hallway. A neighbor called 911. The defendant was soon identified and arrested the next day.

The victim sustained 15 stab wounds throughout her body including one to her neck and chest, as well as a fractured orbital bone in her right eye and two fractured ribs.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kori A. Medow, of the District Attorney’s Trial Bureau V, Orange Zone, under the supervision of Thomas C. Ridges, Chief.

#

 

Brooklyn Man Convicted of New Year’s Day Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.

 

Brooklyn Man Who Videotaped Alleged Accomplice Setting Fire To Sleeping Homeless Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 12, 2015

Brooklyn Man Who Videotaped Alleged Accomplice Setting Fire To Sleeping Homeless Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Defendant Caught on Cell Phone Video Inciting Attack

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a Cypress Hills man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in a 2012 attack against a mentally-ill homeless man who was doused with lighter fluid and set on fire as he slept in the doorway of an East New York deli.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant took part in a horrific and inhumane crime against a defenseless victim. With his abhorrent behavior, he relinquished the right to be out in the streets of Brooklyn and today’s sentence ensures that outcome.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Lorenzo Fonerin, 23, of 246 Ridgewood Avenue, in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. He appeared today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Deborah Dowling, who sentenced him to 15 years in prison following his conviction of first-degree assault on March 13, 2015 after a jury trial. He is expected to be deported after finishing serving his sentence.

District Attorney Thompson said that, according to evidence at trial, Fonerin and alleged accomplice Suliman Ahmed were working in a deli on the corner of Pennsylvania and Cozine Avenues in East New York just past midnight on September 23, 2012. The two targeted a homeless man named Tasheen Hand, who was sleeping by the entrance of the store.

A cell phone video taken by Fonerin shows Ahmed allegedly dousing lighter fluid on the unsuspecting victim as the defendant eggs him on, saying “Do that.” A subsequent cell phone video depicts how Ahmed allegedly lights a book of matches and drops it on the victim, starting a fire. Hand can then be seen, according to evidence presented in court, waking up and running around aflame for more than a minute. The defendant eventually threw water on him to help put out the fire.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson Announces Initiative to Address Backlog of Summons Warrants by Helping to Resolve Them in a Fair and Efficient Manner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 19, 2015

 

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson Announces Initiative to Address Backlog of Summons Warrants by Helping to Resolve Them in a Fair and Efficient Manner

Begin Again, in Partnership with Local Churches, the NYPD, the Defense Bar and the Courts,
Aims to Unburden Thousands of Residents Who Have an Open Warrant

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced an initiative aimed at helping Brooklyn residents make a fresh start and have the weight of an open summons warrant lifted from their shoulders. Titled Begin Again, the program is designed to offer a solution to thousands of individuals who have an outstanding warrant because they failed to answer a citation for low-level offenses. Those estimated 1.2 million open warrants citywide carry a host of negative consequences.

District Attorney Thompson said, “Many of our Brooklyn neighbors are in danger of being placed in handcuffs and put through the system for failing to respond to a ticket for drinking alcohol in public, riding a bike on the sidewalk, walking a dog without a leash or being in a park after dark.  The summons itself might have been for a minor offense, but the warrant can have – and may have already had – a major negative impact and can put our police officers at risk unnecessarily.  During Begin Again events across Brooklyn, law-enforcement agencies and the communities we serve will work together to resolve this burden in a fair, efficient and supportive way.”

U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries said, “Over 200,000 Brooklynites have outstanding warrants as a result of low-level, non-violent offenses. We must be proactive in cleaning up this issue so that our justice system can be free to prosecute violent crime and keep hardened criminals off the streets. This initiative is a win-win for all involved and a good first step toward our goal of preventing nuisance offenses from ruining the lives of our young people across New York City. District Attorney Thompson should be commended for his commitment in bringing this essential program to life.”

New York City Criminal Court Administrative Judge Melissa Jackson said, “The Court is pleased to collaborate with the Brooklyn District Attorney, the Legal Aid Society, members of the clergy, NYPD and volunteer members of the community to bring about the two-day Begin Again event. We encourage individuals with outstanding summons warrants to take full advantage of this opportunity to vacate their warrants and dispose of their cases in this accessible and supportive environment.”

Public Advocate Letitia James said, “Over one million New Yorkers have open arrest warrants because they did not to respond to citations for low-level offenses, such as riding their bicycle on the sidewalk or being in parks after sundown. Begin Again is a means for individuals to resolve their warrants in a supportive way, without having to be arrested and spend a night in jail for minor offenses. Our criminal justice system should be a foundation that stabilizes our community, not an anchor that weighs us down. The cooperative, non-confrontational process of Begin Again will foster trust in the New York City legal system and help numerous individuals who have been victimized by the crackdown on low-level offenses.”

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said, “The fundamental futures for tens of thousands of Brooklynites are at risk due to over a quarter of a million open warrants for low-level summonsable offenses in our borough. After patrolling our streets for 22 years as an NYPD officer, I know first-hand that we cannot tolerate quality-of-life disturbances. Still, we can all agree that the punishment must fit the offense. A young person that is arrested for failing to pay a summons at the age of 18 should not become unemployable at 21 due to an arrest based on a summons warrant. District Attorney Thompson is advancing justice and public safety alike through the Begin Again initiative, and I urge affected Brooklynites to avail themselves of this important program.”

District Attorney Thompson said that the first Begin Again event is being held on Father’s Day Weekend in partnership with clergy and other community leaders, elected officials, the New York City Police Department, the Legal Aid Society and the Office of Court Administration. It is taking place Friday, June 19th and Saturday, June 20th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, located at 279 Lafayette Avenue, corner of St. James Place, in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Similar opportunities, all funded by the District Attorney’s Office, are planned for additional neighborhoods over the coming year.

More than 2,400 letters have been sent to people with outstanding warrants from the seven precincts surrounding Emanuel Baptist Church and walk-ins will also be processed. Individuals who did not receive a letter will first consult with attorneys from The Legal Aid Society to make sure only summons warrants are heard. All participants will then enter a makeshift courtroom, where a judge will be on hand to vacate warrants that resulted from the failure to respond to summonses for a multitude of low-level or “quality of life” offenses.

The District Attorney noted that, according to court records, there are approximately 1.2 million open warrants across the city – most of them issued over a year ago and some older than a decade – which were ordered after recipients failed to answer their summonses. About one quarter, or over 260,000, stem from summonses issued in Brooklyn.

These summons warrants, when left unresolved, can impede one’s ability to get a job, apply for citizenship or obtain public housing. They mean that any future contact with law-enforcement, even for a minor violation, will result in handcuffs, a trip to the precinct and possibly a night in jail. Moreover, the city’s already-overburdened courts must deal with an additional strain whenever those arrested for summons warrants are brought in front of a judge, delaying other proceedings. And warrants can put officers in unnecessary peril when they approach a person on the street or make a traffic stop as that person may resist or attempt to flee simply because of an old outstanding warrant.

Begin Again was created to address this problem. Participants will be taking an affirmative step by clearing up their warrants in a non-traditional, non-confrontational manner within a safe environment so they can move on with their lives. In addition, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office will host a neighborhood resource fair outside Emmanuel Baptist Church during the hours of the initiative. Over 30 local community-based organizations will offer vital information related to job training, legal advice, health services and more.

All outstanding summons warrants are eligible for Begin Again. Applicable offenses include, but are not limited to the following: unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of alcohol under the age of 21, consumption of alcohol in public, unlawful possession of handcuffs, littering, riding a bicycle on the sidewalk, making unreasonable noise, animal nuisance, failure to have a dog license, unleashed dog, spitting, trespass, disorderly conduct, loitering, being in the park after closing, failure to comply with a posted sign in the park and transit fare evasion.

 

#

Man Sentenced to 17 Years to Life in Prison For the 2003 Murder of His Pregnant Girlfriend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 25, 2015

 

Man Sentenced to 17 Years to Life in Prison
For the 2003 Murder of His Pregnant Girlfriend

A Gun Used by Defendant in a 2012 Burglary Attempt
Was Matched to a Shell Casing from the Open Homicide Case

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 42-year-old man was sentenced to 17 years to life in prison for killing his girlfriend, who was nine months pregnant when he shot her in the head inside her Flatlands home back in 2003.

District Attorney Thompson said, “A woman was violently murdered and the daughter she carried was robbed of a chance at life. Today’s sentence ensures that the person responsible for this horrific crime is held accountable and spares the family from reliving this terrible tragedy during a trial.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Jefferson Jones, 42, who is currently serving a prison sentence at Five Points Correctional Facility. He was sentenced by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog to 17 years to life in prison, following his guilty plea to one count of second-degree murder that was entered on May 28, 2015.

The District Attorney said that, according to the indictment, on June 28, 2003, at about midnight, the defendant shot Lamethia McCollum, 28, twice in the head inside her apartment at 1394 East 48th Street in Flatlands, Brooklyn. The body of the victim was discovered by her then 8-year-old daughter.

District Attorney Thompson said that on February 27, 2012, the defendant and an accomplice were spotted by a homeowner in the backyard of 176-10 145th Drive in Springfield Gardens, Queens. Police was called and Jones was arrested with a 9-mm Glock handgun and charged with attempted burglary. Forensic analysis determined that a single spent shell casing that was recovered at the scene of the 2003 homicide matched the defendant’s gun.

Jones was sentenced in September 2012 to three and a half years in prison for first-degree attempted burglary in connection with the Queens case. He will finish serving that term in August 27, 2015, and will then begin serving his sentence for the murder.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michelle Kaminsky, Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau.

 

#

Brooklyn Man Sentenced To 35 Years in Prison for 2014 New Year’s Day Shooting Outside Flatbush Nightclub; Nine Shots Fired, Injuring Two Men

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 26, 2015

 

Brooklyn Man Sentenced To 35 Years in Prison for 2014 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 sentenced to 35 years in prison after being convicted earlier this month 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.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant could have easily killed someone when he opened fire outside that nightclub. He will now pay a steep price for the mayhem and injuries he caused through his senseless acts of gun violence.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Donald Munnerlyn, 31, of Marconi Place in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He was convicted of one count of second-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault following a jury trial earlier this month before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice.  He was sentenced yesterday to 23 years in prison for the attempted murder of Richard Cannon and 12 years in prison for the assault on Yves Edouard. Justice Del Giudice ordered the sentences to run consecutive to one another, and also sentenced the defendant to five years’ post-release supervision.

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.

#

 

Thirteen Arrested in Raid of Alleged Drug Dealers Who Operated Out of Two East Williamsburg Housing Developments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 9, 2015

 

Thirteen Arrested in Raid of Alleged Drug Dealers
Who Operated Out of Two East Williamsburg Housing Developments

Sixth Narcotics Takedown in Brooklyn Public Housing
Since Last Summer Came After Months-Long Investigation;
Undercover Officers Repeatedly Purchased Drugs in Vicinity of Two Schools

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, together with New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, announced today that 13 defendants have been arrested and variously charged with selling narcotics or possessing drugs in and around the Bushwick and Borinquen Plaza Housing Developments in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

District Attorney Thompson said, “Members of the community reached out to law-enforcement with complaints about narcotics and related violence, leading to this successful investigation. We will not allow hard-working people to be held hostage by violent gangs and drug dealers who operate in their midst and these arrests will bring a measure of safety to residents in these housing developments.”

Commissioner Bratton said, “Thanks to the ongoing efforts to thwart the illegal sale of narcotics in public housing, these alleged narcotic traffickers who operated in the Bushwick and Borinquen Plaza Housing Developments have been brought to justice. I want to thank the NYPD investigators of Narcotics Borough Brooklyn North and the prosecutors at the Brooklyn DA’s Office who worked tirelessly in this case to protect public housing residents and their quality of life.”

The District Attorney said that the investigation, led by the NYPD’s Narcotics Borough Brooklyn North, started in October 2014, following complaints about drug activity in the two housing developments. Undercover officers made 27 purchases of crack-cocaine, heroin and marijuana from six of the charged defendants. Since June 16, 2014, the District Attorney’s Office has teamed up with the police to execute seven takedowns of drug traffickers in Public Housing Developments in Brooklyn, which led to charges against over 50 defendants.

District Attorney Thompson said that a total of six suspects who were identified in the course of the investigation were arrested on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 along with seven additional individuals who were with them when search warrants were executed. The defendants are awaiting arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court. They variously face between one year in jail to a maximum of nine years in prison. More arrests are expected as part of the ongoing investigation.

The alleged dealers are variously charged in criminal complaints with criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and other counts. The other defendants are variously charged with third- and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance.

In one search warrant location, 68 glassine envelopes of heroin, up to 10 grams of crack-cocaine and over $2,000 were recovered. In another location, 49 grams of heroin were recovered.

The Bushwick Houses are bordered by Flushing Avenue, Bushwick Avenue, Moore Street and Humboldt Street. Borinquen Plaza Houses are bordered by Siegel Street, Bushwick Avenue, Boreum Street and Humboldt Street. There are two public elementary schools – PS 257 and PS 147 – within 1,000 feet of these public housing projects.

The investigation was conducted by Detective James McCullough and Detective Lorne Kanover of Narcotics Borough Brooklyn North, under the supervision of Sergeant Kenneth Durkin, Lieutenant Kassandra Whitaker and Captain Timothy Wilson.

The District Attorney also thanked the undercover police officers whose work was instrumental in the investigation.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Maria Linares, Deputy Chiefs 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 Investigations.

 

Defendants charged with sale and possession of a controlled substance are: 

Steffon Best aka “Dogie,” 20, of 155 Siegel Street, Brooklyn.

Joaly Cruz aka “JuJu,” 24, of 155 Siegel Street, Brooklyn.

Miguel Forbes aka “Tan,” 24, of 1492 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.

Darryl Irick aka “D,” 52, of 370 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn.

Marion Johnson aka “Money,” 31, of 654A Halsey Street, Brooklyn.

Melquan Richey aka “Stu,” 21, of 120 Humboldt Street, Brooklyn.

 

Defendants charged with possession of a controlled substance are:

Leslie Perez, 28 of 811 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn.

Gary Brennerman, 29, of 90 Paladino Avenue, Manhattan.

Ricky de la Cruz, 18, of 77 Varet Street, Brooklyn.

George Erick, 56, of 370 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn.

Justin Erick, 23, of 370 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn.

Niagia Millsaps, 21, of 370 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn.

Michael Isler, 54 of 519 East 51st Street, Brooklyn.

 

#

Former Con Edison Employee Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Impersonating a Police Officer and Sexually Attacking Woman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 9, 2015

 

Former Con Edison Employee Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Impersonating a Police Officer and Sexually Attacking Woman

Defendant Forced Victim to Engage in Sex Act by Threatening Her
With “Arrest” if She Did Not Comply

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 35-year-old former Con Edison employee was sentenced to 10 years in prison following his conviction last month for forcing a woman to engage in sexual activity in 2012 by impersonating a police officer and threatening her with an arrest if she did not comply.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant’s actions are particularly troubling because he pretended to be a police officer to take advantage of the victim and make her engage in unwanted sexual activity. Today’s sentence ensures that he’s off the streets and in prison, where he belongs.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Warren Taylor, 35, of Bushkill, PA.  He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Alan D. Marrus to 10 years in prison followed by 10 years of post-release supervision and sex offender registration. The defendant was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree criminal impersonation following a jury trial.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, the defendant approached the victim—who worked as a prostitute— on Vermont Street in East New York, Brooklyn on January 5, 2012.  The victim entered the defendant’s car where the defendant falsely stated that he was a police officer and drove her to a nearby location. The defendant then ordered the victim out the car where he handcuffed and frisked her. Once back in the car, the defendant forced the victim to engage in a sex act by telling her she would be arrested if she did not. The defendant used his Con Edison-issued handheld radio, according to court documents, to trick his victim into believing he was a cop.

District Attorney Thompson said that, according to trial testimony, following the attack, the defendant entered his phone number into the victim’s cell phone and later sent her numerous text messages. Upon his arrest, investigators recovered handcuff keys and a Con Edison issued radio. Further analysis of the defendant’s cell phone records placed him in the area at the time of the incident.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney David Weiss of the District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Unit, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Laura Neubauer, Unit Chief, and the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory, Chief of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau.

 

#