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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…

JURY CONVICTS ELMONT MAN OF MARCH 2020 ATTEMPTED MURDER

July 25, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced today that Malcom White, 44, has been convicted by a jury of attempted murder for shooting his 34-year-old wife during a dispute at a hotel in Jamaica, Queens in March 2020. District Attorney Katz said, “I am committed to holding accountable those who perpetuate acts of brutal violence…

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…

QUEENS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER IN STABBING DEATH OF HIS WIFE

July 19, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Manuel Villar, 52, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the September 2020 fatal stabbing of his 43-year-old wife inside of their Arverne home. District Attorney Katz said, “This is a heartbreaking case of domestic violence, with three children left without a mother. As a result of his…

FATHER AND SON AMONG FIVE DEFENDANTS INDICTED BY QUEENS GRAND JURY FOR OPERATING OPEN-AIR DRUG MARKET [PHOTO]

July 19, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, announced today that a group of four defendants were indicted by a Queens County grand jury. The defendants, including Boris Ford of Roosevelt Island, Manhattan and his son Barshawn Ford of Jamaica, Queens, are variously charged with conspiracy and criminal sale…

QUEENS MAN SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS-TO-LIFE IN PRISON FOR 2020 GANG-RELATED SHOOTING

July 18, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that Otis Moore, 32, a reputed member of the Redfern Rowdy Gang and persistent felon, has been sentenced to a term of 22 years-to-life in prison. The defendant was convicted by a jury following a nine-day trial last month for a May 2020 gang-related shooting in the Dix…

BROOKLYN RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER IN 2021 SHOOTING DEATH OF MAN IN ST. ALBANS

July 15, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Rayshawn Cherry, 28, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the shooting death of man in St. Albans, Queens. The victim was gunned down following a foot chase upon leaving the defendant’s girlfriend’s home on June 11, 2021. District Attorney Katz said, “My Office will not stand for…

BROOKLYN MAN SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS IN PRISON FOR STABBING MAN WITH BROKEN BOTTLE FOLLOWING MINOR CAR ACCIDENT

July 12, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Robert Finley, 46, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for stabbing a man in the face with a broken glass bottle. According to court records, a minor traffic incident escalated into the near-deadly altercation when the victim stepped out of his vehicle to inspect the damage…

TWO DEFENDANTS CHARGED IN SCHEME TO STEAL EAST ELMHURST HOME FROM DECEASED HOMEOWNER BY POSING AS HER SON

July 11, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, along with New York City Sheriff Anthony Miranda, announced today that Jorge Vasquez Jr. and Andy V. Singh – as well as “23-41 100th Street Corp” – have been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court for allegedly filing fraudulent paperwork to claim ownership of…

BRONX MAN SENTENCED TO 19 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER BEATING WOMAN WITH NAIL-RIDDLED WOODEN PLANK

July 7, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that James Fitzgerald, 55, has been sentenced to 19 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder for the May 16, 2020, vicious beating of his estranged girlfriend. The victim was attacked by the defendant on the sidewalk in front of a fish market in Jamaica, Queens….

QUEENS MAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON AFTER GUILTY CONVICTION IN DEATH OF NYPD DETECTIVE BRIAN SIMONSEN AND FELONY ASSAULT AGAINST A SECOND POLICE OFFICER DURING BOTCHED ROBBERY

July 7, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jagger Freeman, 28, has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison following a trial conviction of murder, robbery, assault and other crimes for directing the February 2019 cell phone store robbery that resulted in the death of New York City Police Detective Brian Simonsen. A…

BOYFRIEND OF WOMAN KILLED AND STUFFED IN CAR TRUNK INDICTED BY QUEENS GRAND JURY ON MURDER CHARGES

July 6, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Kareem Flake, 30, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on charges of murder, kidnapping and other crimes following his extradition from Florida. The defendant is accused of killing a 26-year-old mother of two from Troy, NY in November 2020….

TRIO PLEADS GUILTY IN HOME FORECLOSURE SCAM; OVER $400,000 IN RESTITUTION SECURED FOR VICTIM

July 5, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jonathan Marcus, Vincent Longobardi and Edward Doran – as well as East Coast Money Finders, Inc. – pleaded guilty to criminal possession of stolen property and subsequently made restitution of more than $400,000 to the victim. The trio and the company were indicted by a grand jury…

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENTS OF CHIEF INVESTIGATOR AND EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF CRIMINAL PRACTICE & POLICY DIVISION

July 5, 2022

District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced the appointments of two executives who will assist in streamlining inter-office processes and enhancing public safety protocols within Queens County. Retired NYPD Assistant Chief Thomas Conforti has been appointed as Chief Investigator and veteran prosecutor Theresa M. Shanahan has been appointed as Executive Assistant District Attorney for Criminal Practice…

QUEENS WOMAN CHARGED WITH DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED AND VEHICULAR ASSAULT FOR SERIOUSLY INJURING 8-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND GRANDMOTHER DURING AFTERNOON COLLISIONS

July 1, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Alexandra Lopez, 52, has been charged with vehicular assault, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and other crimes for the June 28, 2022 multiple collisions that took place on 31st Avenue in Queens. The defendant struck multiple vehicles and two pedestrians – an 8-year-old…

STATEMENT FROM QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT’S DECISION TO OVERTURN ROE V. WADE

June 24, 2022

A mere day after SCOTUS decided to put the lives of New Yorkers at risk by striking down our long-standing restrictions on guns, the majority of Supreme Court Justices have now decided to put the lives of millions of women across the entire nation at risk by overturning Roe v. Wade. This decision is beyond…

STATEMENT FROM QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT’S DECISION IN NEW YORK STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION INC. V. BRUEN

June 23, 2022

The Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen significantly hinders our ongoing efforts to keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence. I am extremely disappointed in this decision by the highest court which creates undue burden on the commonsense gun laws in this State. We remain committed to…

JURY CONVICTS DEFENDANT OF ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE FOR STABBING MAN WITH BROKEN BOTTLE FOLLOWING MINOR CAR ACCIDENT

June 16, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Robert Finley, 46, has been convicted at trial of assault in the first degree for stabbing a man in the face with a broken glass bottle. A minor traffic incident escalated into a near-deadly altercation when the victim stepped out of his vehicle after his car was…

QUEENS MAN SENTENCED TO 18 YEARS IN PRISON FOR NEAR FATAL SHOOTING OF FORMER COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER

June 14, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jeffrey Thurston, 28, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for shooting a former student athlete outside a deli on Springfield Boulevard in July 2020. The defendant was also sentenced for a burglary related to a March 2020 incident involving an estranged girlfriend and her son,…

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