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QUEENS MAN SENTENCED FOR BURGLARY

January 30, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Marquis Silvers was sentenced to 2 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted burglary. District Attorney Katz said: “I want to thank the Rockaway Nassau Safety Patrol for their help and relentless efforts in getting this defendant off the streets. My priority will always be to keep…

ARRAIGNED FOR OZONE PARK MURDER AFTER SHOOTING ACCOMPLICE INSTEAD OF INTENDED TARGET

January 28, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Richard Dixon was indicted by a grand jury and arraigned for murder and other crimes for fatally shooting his accomplice in a botched attempt to gun down a rival. District Attorney Katz said: “As alleged, this is yet another example of the brazen lawlessness inherent in illegal gun…

LONG ISLAND CITY MAN SENTENCED IN SHOOTING DEATH OF SCHOOL TEACHER WALKING HIS DOG

January 27, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Ike Ford was sentenced to 19 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of a schoolteacher who was walking his dog when the defendant fired upon a rival gang member in broad daylight.  The teacher, George Rosa, was shot in the abdomen by…

HUSBAND INDICTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER ALLEGEDLY MOWING DOWN WIFE WITH SUV AND STABBING HER

January 27, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Stephen Giraldo was indicted by a Queens grand jury on attempted murder, assault and other charges for allegedly hitting his wife with his SUV and then stabbing her with a knife. The couple’s three children were in the vehicle at the time of the incident, which occurred in…

BRONX MAN SENTENCED AS PERSISTENT VIOLENT FELON FOLLOWING LONG ISLAND CITY SLASHING

January 24, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Bobby Dee Cruz was sentenced to 18 years-to-life in prison as a persistent violent felon after being convicted for slashing the neck of a fellow patron at a Long Island City strip club in 2019. District Attorney Katz said: “Thankfully, the victim survived this unprovoked grisly attack, which…

QUEENS MAN INDICTED ON SEX TRAFFICKING AND FIREARMS CHARGES

January 24, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Troy Siddons was arraigned on charges of sex trafficking of a child, rape and other crimes. Siddons was separately indicted for criminal weapon possession related to an incident in September. District Attorney Katz said: “I have put significant resources into finding and helping those who are being forced…

LITTLE NECK MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR KIDNAPPING AND ATTEMPTING TO STRANGLE WIFE

January 23, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Yaspal Persaud was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for kidnapping his estranged wife from where she worked, in full view of stunned onlookers, as well as strangling her on a previous date. The defendant led police on a multi-county, high-speed chase before he was apprehended with…

MAN CHARGED AFTER SEARCH OF HOME TURNS UP WEAPONS ARSENAL AND DRUGS [PHOTO]

January 19, 2023

  Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Kevin Sygney was charged today with criminal possession of weapons and controlled substances after a search warrant executed at his St. Albans home uncovered an arsenal of firearms and ammunition, as well as more than eight ounces of cocaine and 625 tablets of methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or “molly.” District…

DISTRICT ATTORNEY KATZ CREATES NEW PROSECUTORIAL DIVISION, ANNOUNCES SENIOR-LEVEL APPOINTMENTS

January 18, 2023

District Attorney Melinda Katz announced the creation of a division in her office that will be dedicated to investigating and prosecuting criminals who prey on society’s most vulnerable. The Special Prosecutions Division, comprised of the Special Victims and Domestic Violence Bureaus and the Juvenile Prosecutions Unit, will be led by newly appointed Executive Assistant District…

DEFENDANTS SENTENCED FOR SLAYINGS IN SOUTH RICHMOND HILL, OZONE PARK

January 13, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Richard Davenport and Neville Brown were sentenced on manslaughter charges in connection with four fatal shootings that took place in South Richmond Hill and Ozone Park between 2015 and 2018. Davenport was sentenced a combined total of 29 years in prison, consisting of consecutive 14.5-year sentences, and Brown…

DEFENDANTS PLEAD GUILTY IN SCHEME TO STEAL EAST ELMHURST HOME

January 13, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Jorge Vasquez Jr. and Andy V. Singh pleaded guilty to grand larceny for filing fraudulent paperwork to claim ownership of an East Elmhurst home. The defendants impersonated a deceased woman and her son to unlawfully access the property’s mortgage information, then sold the house to a shell corporation….

TWO SENTENCED FOR FORCING TEENAGE GIRLS INTO SEX INDUSTRY

January 12, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Lawrence Winslow and Alan Velvett were each sentenced today to 10 years in prison for sex trafficking of a child and rape. The defendants forced three underaged victims into the sex industry in February 2021. One of the victims was coerced into having intercourse with both defendants. District…

BROOKLYN MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR FATAL ASSAULT WITH A ROCK ON A WOMAN IN CORONA

January 10, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Elisaul Perez today was sentenced to 20 years in prison for attacking 61-year-old GuiYing Ma as she swept a sidewalk in Corona on the day after Thanksgiving in 2021, fatally striking her twice in the head with a large rock. District Attorney Katz said: “While today’s sentence cannot…

QUEENS MAN SENTENCED TO 17 YEARS FOR BOTCHED SHOOT-OUT

January 6, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Nazieer Basir was sentenced today to 17 years in prison for the deadly shooting of a 22-year-old man in Ozone Park in December 2020. District Attorney Katz said: “We will not tolerate shoot-outs on the streets of Queens County.  People will be held accountable for their actions.  The…

ELMONT MAN SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS TO LIFE FOR SHOOTING WIFE AT JAMAICA MOTEL

January 6, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Malcom White was sentenced today to 22 years-to-life in prison for shooting his wife during a dispute at a hotel in Jamaica, Queens, in March 2020. White had been convicted in July. District Attorney Katz said: “I believe that the sentence imposed today provides at least some measure…

PHILADELPHIA MAN CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY AFTER REGO PARK TRAFFIC STOP REVEALS 8 MALNOURISHED PUPPIES

January 5, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Ravon Service was charged today with torturing and failing to provide food and drink to animals in connection with a Rego Park police stop Saturday. District Attorney Katz said: “Thankfully, these voiceless, defenseless victims have been rescued from their miserable circumstances. Animal cruelty is unacceptable and illegal and…

QUEENS MAN SENTENCED FOR SEX TRAFFICKING TEENAGE GIRL

January 5, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Darius “Gotti” Fleming was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for sex trafficking of a child after forcing a 14-year-old girl to have sex with strangers for cash at a hotel in Jamaica, Queens. The victim was rescued from a home in Brooklyn, where she was forced…

CORONA MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER FOR VIOLENTLY ASSAULTING AND STABBING COUSIN

January 4, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Edward Huerta was arraigned today on charges of attempted murder and other crimes for allegedly attacking his roommate and cousin in their Corona residence. The 19-year-old female victim suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on her brain, among other injuries, after Huerta allegedly assaulted her with a baseball…

HUSBAND CHARGED WITH MOWING DOWN WIFE WITH SUV AND STABBING HER

December 28, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Stephen Giraldo was charged today with attempted murder, assault and other crimes for allegedly hitting his wife with his SUV and then stabbing her with a knife. The couple’s three children were in the vehicle at the time of the incident in front of her Flushing residence. District…

QUEENS FATHER INDICTED FOR ALLEGED MURDER OF 3-YEAR-OLD SON

December 21, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Shaquan Butler has been indicted for murder, endangering the welfare of a child and other crimes in connection with the death of his 3-year-old son and physical abuse to a second child in an Elmhurst shelter last month. District Attorney Katz said: “As alleged, this parent failed his…

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