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DA KATZ AND NYPD TAKE 32 GUNS OFF THE STREETS AT BUYBACK EVENT

November 19, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz and the New York Police Department announced that 32 guns were collected today at the Church of God Christian Academy in Far Rockaway, Queens. The gun buyback events seek to curb gun violence and the destruction it causes by accepting working unloaded firearms – with no questions asked – in…

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…

NETWORK OF DRUG DEALERS DISMANTLED FOLLOWING LONG-TERM INVESTIGATION

November 17, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by New York City Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell, announced that three individuals have been arrested and charged for allegedly operating as a network of dealers who supplied a variety of drugs to buyers in Far Rockaway, Queens, and other boroughs over the last year. An additional crew member…

BUS HIJACKER INDICTED ON KIDNAPPING AND OTHER CHARGES

November 16, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Dwayne Gaddy was indicted and arraigned today on charges of kidnapping, robbery and other crimes for the hijacking of a crowded MTA bus in Cambria Heights last month using what appeared to be a handgun. The approximately 30 passengers on board the bus were able to escape. The…

DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR KILLING FOREST HILLS WOMAN WHOSE BODY WAS DISCOVERED IN DUFFEL BAG

November 16, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that David Bonola was sentenced today to 25 years in prison following a guilty plea to manslaughter for the brutal slaying of Orsolya Gaal, whose body was discovered in a sports duffel bag near Forest Park in April. District Attorney Katz said: “This was a brutal killing, and no…

DEFENDANT CONVICTED OF MURDER FOR FATAL STABBING FOLLOWING BABY CHRISTENING PARTY

November 16, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced the conviction of Antonio Martinez for stabbing to death a fellow guest at a 2019 celebration of a baby’s christening in Corona.  Martinez argued with the victim before repeatedly stabbing him in the chest. District Attorney Katz said: “From celebrating a life, to mourning a death, this violent attack…

CO-DEFENDANTS PLEAD GUILTY IN SHOOTING DEATHS

November 15, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Richard Davenport and Neville Brown each pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter for the shooting deaths of two men in South Richmond Hill in late 2017 and early 2018. The judge in the case said he would sentence Davenport to 29 years in prison and Brown to…

DA KATZ SECURES MANSLAUGHTER INDICTMENT IN SUBWAY SYSTEM DEATH

November 10, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Carlos Garcia was indicted by a grand jury and arraigned today in Supreme Court on manslaughter and other charges for the death of a fellow commuter last month at the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue subway station as a result of a physical altercation. District Attorney Katz said: “Our subway…

ALLEGED DRUG DEALER INDICTED ON NARCOTICS, WEAPONS CHARGES

November 10, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Alejandro Rodriguez was indicted by a grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon and other crimes. Rodriguez is accused of supplying a large quantity of narcotics to an undercover officer over the course of…

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 SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON FOR KILLING WWI VET

November 7, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Martin Motta was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 1976 killing of an 81-year-old World War I Veteran. The Queens District Attorney’s Office Cold Case Unit solved the 46-year-old homicide case with the NYPD using forensic genetic genealogy for the first time in New York…

DEFENDANT CHARGED WITH POSSESSING AND PROMOTING CHILD SEX ABUSE MATERIAL

November 5, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, announced today that Andre Hyman has been charged with promoting a sexual performance by a child and other crimes for allegedly purchasing, downloading, and possessing child sex abuse materials on his computer inside his Jamaica residence between May 2021 and November 2022. District…

BROOKLYN RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY IN DEADLY BELT PARKWAY CRASH

November 3, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that Jason Bical pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular manslaughter. The defendant was driving 92 mph on the Belt Parkway when he struck and killed a 63-year-old motorist stopped for a minor collision. Bical was under the influence of cocaine, marijuana and alcohol at the time of the December…

FAR ROCKAWAY RESIDENT CONVICTED OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN SHOOTING DEATH OF A MAN FOLLOWING A STREET FIGHT

November 3, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Joaquin Bullock has been convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping and other crimes in the death of a fellow Far Rockaway resident. The defendant argued with the victim before fatally shooting him in the chest in 2018. District Attorney Katz said, “Gun violence has taken too many lives in…

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…

COUPLE INDICTED A THIRD TIME ON KIDNAPPING AND ASSAULT CHARGES

October 27, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that defendants Destiny Lebron and Gil Iphael have been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on kidnapping, assault and other charges for an August attack in Richmond Hill. The defendants, who have two other pending cases, face up to 25 years in…

QUEENS BOWLING LEAGUE TREASURER INDICTED FOR STEALING DUES AND PRIZE MONEY DURING COVID

October 26, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Robert Vickers has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on charges of grand larceny and other crimes for allegedly stealing dues and prize money from members of a Queens County bowling league in 2020. District Attorney Katz said, “As alleged,…

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