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Gunman pleads in witness slay attack

Manslaughter could draw 25 years

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:41 am, Thu Jun 13, 2013.

A Far Rockaway man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2012 death of a Jamaica man who had testified against him in a criminal case.

Shytique Kelly, 22, of Arverne, admitted in Queens Supreme Court on Monday that he fired a gun at a group of three men at the intersection of 110th Avenue and 160th Street in Jamaica on the evening of May 27, 2012, according to a statement issued by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Tysheen Coakley, 21, was killed.

Brown’s statement said that Coakley had once testified against Kelly in a robbery case.

Jazmin Guillebaux, 21, of Rosedale, who admitted driving Kelly to and from the site of the fatal shooting, pleaded guilty to first-degree hindering prosecution.

She faces an indeterminate sentence of between two to six years when both are sentenced on July 23 by Queens Supreme Court Judge Richard Buchter.

“Both defendants have admitted their guilt and will serve time behind bars for the role each played in the death of a young man,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Monday in a statement released by his office.

“The sentences to be imposed are appropriate and will set an example of our commitment to protect the integrity of the criminal justice system,” Brown added.

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