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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 our communities strong, vibrant and safe. Together with the help of committed partners, we can make sure that Queens continues to be a special place to live and raise a family.”

Silvers, 21, of Far Rockaway, pleaded guilty on September 19 to attempted burglary in the second degree before Queens Supreme Court Justice Toni Cimino.  The defendant was due to be sentenced last year to six months jail to be followed by five years of probation.   Following a new, unrelated arrest, and a failure to appear for his sentencing date, the defendant was sentenced on January 17 to two years in prison to be followed by one and one-half years post-release supervision.

According to the charges, Silvers is observed by a witness entering a home on Brunswick Avenue on August 31, 2021, at approximately 4:28 am and exiting the location shortly afterward. The homeowner, who was in his bedroom when Silvers entered, heard noise in his living room and went downstairs. Upon entering the living room, he saw that the cash that had been in his wallet was gone.

Four months later, Silvers was observed in an aisle of the Food Universe Marketplace, located at 32-11 Beach Channel Drive, at approximately 6:40 p.m. The defendant’s legs were later seen hanging from the ceiling inside the enclosed back room of the supermarket. The defendant did not have permission or authority to enter or remain inside the back room, nor to break or damage the ceiling.

Assistant District Attorney Kanella Georgopoulos, of the District Attorney’s Career Criminal Major Crimes Bureau, prosecuted the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Michael Whitney, Deputy Bureau Chief, and under the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Shawn Clark.

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