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QUEENS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX TRAFFICKING FOR FORCING 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL INTO PROSTITUTION

January 28, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that a 22-year-old Queens resident has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking for forcing a then-16-year-old girl into prostitution. In May and June of 2018, the defendant coerced the victim into having sex with strangers for money. District Attorney Katz said, “The defendant, whose street name is Gun Play,…

FAR ROCKAWAY MAN CONVICTED AT TRIAL OF SEXUAL CONTACT WITH A 10-YEAR-OLD CHILD

January 24, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that a 40-year-old Far Rockaway man has been convicted at trial of course of sexual conduct against a child. This law was authored by then-Assemblywoman Melinda Katz in 1996, who at that time wanted to make sure pedophiles were held accountable for their crimes. The defendant in this case…

OZONE PARK MAN SENTENCED TO UP TO 6 YEARS IN PRISON FOR FATAL CRASH THAT KILLED 19-YEAR-OLD WOMAN AND INJURED 2 OTHERS

January 22, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that a 21-year-old Queens man has been sentenced to prison for 2 to 6 years after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the second degree for the May 2018 auto crash that killed a woman and injured 2 others in a Lyft share-ride vehicle at the intersection of Archer…

LYFT DRIVER SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING FEMALE PASSENGER

January 22, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that a Lyft driver has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 28-year-old female passenger who had fallen asleep in the defendant’s vehicle during a ride to her residence in January 2018. District Attorney Katz said, “A woman who’d called for a car, thought…

QUEENS GRAND JURY INDICTS RICHMOND HILL RESIDENT ON MURDER CHARGES IN DEATH OF 92-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

January 15, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that a 21-year-old Richmond Hill man has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury on murder and sexual abuse charges for the heinous attack of a 92-year-old woman, who was walking near her home in the early morning hours of January 6, 2020, when the defendant allegedly…

QUEENS MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON AFTER GUILTY PLEA TO OVER 17,000 COUNTS RELATED TO PROMOTING CHILD SEX ABUSE AND POSSESSING THOUSANDS OF IMAGES

January 14, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that a 31-year-old Queens resident has been sentenced to prison for promoting child sexual abuse and possessing almost 6,000 images of children being molested. The defendant also pleaded guilty to charges that he had sex with a canine, an act which was recorded and found with his cache of…

EAST ELMHURST MAN CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER FOR SHOVING 71-YEAR-OLD MAN DOWN STOOP STAIRS

January 14, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that a 22-year-old East Elmhurst man has been charged with manslaughter and assault for a deadly push that sent an elderly man flying down the front steps of a two-story house on 102nd Street Sunday afternoon. The victim’s head slammed into the sidewalk and he died soon afterwards…

RICHMOND HILL RESIDENT CHARGED WITH MURDER OF 92-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

January 10, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that a 21-year-old Richmond Hill man has been charged with murder and sexual abuse for the heinous attack of a 92-year-old Queens woman, who was walking near her home in the early morning hours of January 6, 2020 when the defendant allegedly threw her to the ground, sexually…

SUNNYSIDE RESIDENT SENTENCED TO JAIL FOR ASSAULT FOR PUNCHING VICTIM WHO DIED AS A RESULT OF BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA

January 9, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that a 26-year-old Queens resident has been sentenced to 6 months in jail for punching a Gaelic football player, who fell to the pavement hitting his head and died from blunt force trauma. The defendant sucker-punched the victim in the early morning hours outside of a bar in…

GUN TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SELLING MORE THAN 25 FIREARMS AND AMMO

January 9, 2020

District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that a Queens resident has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of criminal sale of firearms. The defendant sold multiple firearms – ranging from pistols to assault rifles and ammunition – to buyers who unbeknown to the defendant were undercover New York City…

BOYFRIEND CHARGED WITH SLASHING WOMAN IN THE FACE AND ARM AS SHE SAT IN HOSPITAL BESIDE SICK BABY

January 9, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that a Jamaica resident has been charged with assault for viciously slashing his girlfriend with a sharp object as she sat beside their sick baby. The unprovoked attack allegedly happened early Sunday morning at Jamaica Hospital. District Attorney Katz said, “The victim in this case fell asleep while…

FAR ROCKAWAY RESIDENT INDICTED FOR MURDER IN SHOOTING DEATH OF QUEENS MAN

January 7, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that a Queens County grand jury has indicted a Far Rockaway man for murder in the shooting death of a 45-year-old Queens resident, a week before Christmas. The defendant is alleged to have shot the victim several times on December 18, 2019, shortly after 6 p.m. on Rockaway…

PRECEDING HER INAUGURATION DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ ANNOUNCES NEW INITIATIVES, POLICIES AND EXECUTIVE STAFF AT THE QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

January 6, 2020

On the eve of her inauguration, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced dramatic and immediate changes within the District Attorney’s Office, introducing new initiatives and policies that will make the criminal justice system more fair and equitable for the 2.3 million people of Queens County. After an initial review of long-standing policies, on day one…

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