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Judge gives 110 years in 2010 robbery spree

Livery driver, restaurant worker shot

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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:54 am, Thu Jun 5, 2014.

A former North Carolina man was sentenced to 110 years in state prison on Thursday for a 2010 armed robbery spree during which two men were shot.

Shawn Peace, 26, also a former Jamaica resident, was convicted in February of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

During his sixth and final robbery on Dec. 3 of that year, he shot livery car driver Trevor Bell four times after directing him to an address that turned out to be a dead end street in South Ozone Park.

An employee of a Popeye’s Fried Chicken restaurant on Francis Lewis Boulevard in Rosedale also was wounded by a single gunshot during a robbery on Aug. 19.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown backed the sentence handed down by Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak.

“Having committed a series of violent felonies — including the shooting of a livery cab driver and a fast-food restaurant employee ... the defendant has proven himself a menace to society,” Brown said on May 22 in a statement issued by his office. “With today’s sentence, the public can rest assured that the defendant will no longer be a threat as he will be spending the rest of his life behind bars.”

The District Attorney said Bell was shot as he struggled with Peace in the front seat of the cab.

He was found slumped over in his car at the corner of 122nd Street and Sutter Avenue. Bell, hit in the neck and both legs, to this day suffers the effects of two strokes that occurred as a direct result of his wounds, Brown said.

The district attorney said other robberies included one on July 15 at McDonald’s at 256-01 Union Tpke. in Glen Oaks; a Wendy’s restaurant at 222-06 Northern Blvd. in Bayside on Aug. 8; a Burger King at 92-02 Atlantic Ave. in Ozone Park on Nov. 19; and another McDonald’s at 166-05 Rockaway Blvd. in Jamaica on Nov. 21.

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