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Burton gets 95 to life in fatal shooting spree

Shot teen in apartment, men on bus

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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:56 am, Thu Jan 2, 2014.

A Jamaica man has been sentenced to 95 years to life in prison for the Dec. 2, 2011 shootings that left two men dead and a third seriously wounded.

Damel Burton, 34, was convicted this month on two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Keith Murrell, 18, and Marvin Gilkes, 36. Other counts included single counts of second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault for shooting and wounding Jojuan Lipsey, 31.

“The defendant’s capacity for causing senseless violence in such a short period of time can only be described as incomprehensible and as having no place in a civilized society,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement issued by his office.

“His actions were both vicious and unprovoked,” Brown added. “The sentence imposed by the court is more than justified in order to punish the defendant and protect society forever.”

Burton was convicted after a four-week trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter.

He shot Murrell once in the chest in the latter’s apartment on Foch Boulevard. Murrell retreated a bedroom and jumped two stories to escape, only to die at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center later that day.

Upon leaving the apartment building Burton boarded a Q111 bus where he shot Gilkes in the back of his head.

He then turned the gun on Lipsey, wounding him in the face and mouth.

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