Friday, May 2, 2014

Park Shooter Found Guilty

Park Shooter Found Guilty
Young Gunman Convicted in Double Homicide

BRONX, NEW YORK, MAY 2- District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced the jury finding of guilty in a triple-shooting, double-homicide case that took place in the vicinity of Devoe Park, University Avenue and Fordham Road, on April 7, 2011.

After a five-week trial in Bronx Supreme Court, the jury found Yenfri Ramirez, age 16 at the time of the crime, guilty of murder in the second degree, manslaughter in the first degree, assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

The shooting took place in Devoe Park, following a fight that involved Ramirez’ brother. A number of individuals began pursuing Ramirez through the park, and when they got to the corner of Fordham Road and West University Place, Ramirez pulled out a gun and fired three shots, fatally shooting Edwin Liz, age 17, in the back of the neck, and fatally wounding Allan Matos, age 22, in the back. A third gunshot hit Efren Estrada, age 39, in the leg. He survived his wounds.

An eyewitness at the scene identified the defendant at a lineup the next day, and a police officer also witnessed the killings. 

Sentencing is scheduled for May 15, 2014 before Justice Barbara Newman in Part T 24. Murder in the second degree carries a prison term up to 25 years to life.  Manslaughter in the first degree carries a maximum of 25 years. Assault in the second degree carries a prison term up to 7 years. The weapons charge carries a prison term of up to 15 years behind bars. 

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