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Man convicted for 2010 gas station slay

Echols faces life without parole

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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:30 am

A 24-year-old Jamaica man is facing life without parole after being convicted of first-degree murder for the 2010 shooting death of a Flushing gas station attendant.

Maurice Echols, formerly of 89th Avenue, was convicted Tuesday of shooting Nadeem Kahn, 39, during a robbery on July 25, 2010.

He was convicted of first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon following a three-week trial.

He could get up to life in prison with no chance of parole when sentenced by Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak on May 29.

“This is a tragic case in which a gas station employee on the overnight shift was coldly shot and killed during a robbery which ultimately netted the defendant and his cohort a few cases of cigarettes and cigars,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown on Tuesday in a statement issued by his office following the convicton.

“The defendant’s callous actions call for a lengthy sentence to punish him and to protect society,” Brown said.

Brown, citing trial testimony, said Echols and co-defendant Christopher Roberts, 24, of the Bronx, entered the Mobil gas station at 133-11 Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing at about 1:20 a.m.

Roberts, testifying at the trial, said upon entering the store Echols drew a gun and shot Khan several times.

The two men then took cigarettes and cigars from behind the counter and fled.

Roberts already has pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery and is presently awaiting sentencing.

Published reports state that Khan had been in the United States for only 10 months since emigrating from his native Pakistan.

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