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AFTER EXHAUSTIVE INVESTIGATIONS, DA KATZ CONSENTS TO VACATING WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS

November 17, 2022

Queens County District Attorney Melinda Katz today filed motions with defense attorneys to vacate two wrongful convictions. In both cases, new evidence came to light: In Capers, the physical evidence indicated one gun was fired and eyewitness testimony singles out Kevin McClinton as the lone shooter. McClinton, who is solely culpable for the crime, is…

QUEENS MAN SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR FATAL RAMPAGE OVER PARKING SPOT IN 2017

November 17, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Adrian Harry, 28, has been sentenced yesterday to 40 years to life in prison for stabbing two people after an argument over a parking spot outside of an Ozone Park lounge in December 2017. Immediately following the altercation, the defendant got into his vehicle and intentionally drove into…

EMT INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING BANK CARD FROM PATIENT’S WALLET FOR LIQUOR AND FOOD

November 8, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that FDNY emergency medical service responder Robert Marshall was indicted by a grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court for allegedly taking a debit card from the purse of a 79-year-old Springfield Gardens woman when he was working as an EMT on an August 8th ambulance call. The…

QUEENS MAN CONVICTED OF MANSLAUGHTER IN STABBING DEATH OF FRIEND

November 2, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Marcos Anzurez has been convicted of manslaughter in the stabbing death of an acquaintance in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 11, 2018. District Attorney Katz said, “Following a jury trial, this defendant was found guilty of causing the senseless death of his acquaintance during a night…

DEFENDANT PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER IN KILLING OF WOMAN WHOSE BODY WAS DISCOVERED IN DUFFEL BAG

November 2, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that David Bonola today pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the brutal slaying of Orsolya Gaal, whose body was discovered in a sports duffel bag near Forest Park. District Attorney Katz said, “This heinous killing devastated an entire family, left two boys without a mother, and horrified the surrounding community….

ACCUSED BUS HIJACKER CHARGED FOR UNLAWFULLY SEIZING MTA BUS IN CAMBRIA HEIGHTS

October 29, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Dwayne Gaddy has been charged with grand larceny, robbery, reckless endangerment and other crimes for allegedly commandeering a crowded MTA bus in Cambria Heights on Thursday morning with what appeared to be a handgun. All of the approximate 30 passengers were able to escape from the bus…

DISTRICT ATTORNEY KATZ SECURES INDICTMENT OF UNLICENSED DRIVER IN DEADLY HIT-AND-RUN OF 5-YEAR-OLD BOY

October 20, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Xavier Carchipulla has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on charges of criminally negligent homicide and other crimes. The defendant, who is not licensed to drive, is alleged to have been the driver of a 2018 Dodge RAM that fatally…

QUEENS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER IN KILLING OF WWI VETERAN MISSING SINCE 1976

October 18, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Martin Motta, 75, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the 1976 killing of an 81-year-old World War I Veteran. Motta faces 20 years in prison. District Attorney Katz said: “This long-cold case marks the first successful application in New York City of forensic genetic genealogy.  No matter…

QUEENS MAN INDICTED ON ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES FOR SHOOTING CORRECTION OFFICER IN JAMAICA

October 17, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Mark Gibbs, 23, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on attempted murder, assault and other charges. The defendant allegedly fired multiple shots into a crowd on the street during an altercation on the street last July. Defendant Sevaughn Green,…

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ APPOINTS 49 NEW ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEYS

October 14, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced the appointment of 49 new assistant district attorneys, the largest class to ever join the Queens District Attorney’s Office. “I am proud to welcome this diverse group of talented professionals into the Queens District Attorney’s Office.  I look forward to working with them in support of this Office’s…

QUEENS MAN SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ASSAULTING POLICE OFFICER WHO WAS STRUCK IN EYE WITH CROWBAR

October 7, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that Andres Tabares, 40, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison on assault charges for striking a police officer with a crowbar causing severe physical injuries. Police officers were pursuing two defendants who were attempting to burglarize a home on April 16, 2019, in Kew Gardens, Queens…

BRONX MAN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON FOR SLASHING MAN AFTER HURLING HOMOPHOBIC AND RACIAL SLURS

September 27, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Ramon Castro, 56, has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for assault as a hate crime for a July 2021 incident near a Flushing, Queens subway station where he slashed a man in the face after using racial and homophobic slurs. District Attorney Katz said, “Hate-motivated…

SECOND INDICTMENT OF COUPLE ON SEX TRAFFICKING AND PROMOTING PROSTITUTION CHARGES

September 14, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that defendants Destiny Lebron, 19 and Gil Iphael, 22, have been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on sex trafficking and other charges in the July 2022 incident that took place inside the Quality Inn hotel in Jamaica, Queens. District Attorney Katz…

FAR ROCKAWAY WOMAN INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES IN FATAL SIDEWALK HIT AND RUN

September 2, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Kiani Phoenix, 26, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury on murder and other charges for allegedly fatally striking a 59-year-old man with her vehicle as she drove onto the sidewalk outside of a deli convenience store on August 27th in Far Rockaway. The defendant…

WOMAN INDICTED FOR STASH OF ILLEGAL WEAPONS FOUND IN HER BRIARWOOD HOME

September 2, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Dorothy Hirsch, 62, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury on criminal possession of a weapon and other charges after eight illegal weapons, six of them semi-automatic, as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition were allegedly found inside her apartment on 84th Road in…

QUEENS MAN INDICTED ON CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING AND OTHER CHARGES FOR FORCING GIRLFRIEND INTO PROSTITUTION

August 9, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that Orlando Ramirez, 24, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on sex trafficking charges and other crimes for bringing his 17-year-old girlfriend from Mexico and allegedly forcing her into having sex with strangers for cash for several years until…

MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN SHOOTING DEATH OF FEMALE FRIEND

August 3, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Tariek Sykes, 34, has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly shooting his female friend in broad daylight on the street in Richmond Hill. The August 1, 2022 shooting took place following a verbal dispute between the defendant and the victim. District…

TEEN CHARGED WITH HATE ATTACK ON QUEENS BUS

July 27, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that a 16-year-old girl has been charged with assault as a hate crime and other charges for allegedly assaulting a 57-year-old-woman on a public bus near the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard on July 9, 2022. An apprehended juvenile female has also been charged and a…

QUEENS MAN SENTENCED TO 23 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SEXUALLY ABUSING SEVEN-YEAR-OLD GIRL HE BABYSAT FOR THREE YEARS

July 26, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jose Nivelo, 43, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for sexually abusing a seven-year-old girl over a three-year period starting in 2012. The defendant was babysitting the girl in his Queens home when the abuse occurred. District Attorney Katz said, “Instead of providing safe care…

GUN TRAFFICKING CREW DISMANTLED WITH 1,611-COUNT INDICTMENT OF TENNESSEE MAN AND FOUR NYC RESIDENTS FOLLOWING LONG-TERM INVESTIGATION

July 21, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by New York City Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell, today announced a 1,611-count indictment and the arrests of five individuals allegedly involved in a gun trafficking ring using the notorious Iron Pipeline to smuggle guns purchased in Knoxville, Tennessee, which were then sold illegally in Queens County. Law enforcement…

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