A Jamaica man faces 25 years to life in prison following his conviction in a 2008 murder resulting from a dispute between two men over who controlled a 14-year-old prostitute.
Brandon King, 26, of 116th Street, was convicted of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon on May 8, following a two-week trial, for shooting an unarmed man five times. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Queens Supreme Court Judge Gregory Lasak on June 5.
In a statement released by his office, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said King shot and killed Michael Stith, 28, also of Jamaica, after the two became involved in an altercation on Sept. 13, stemming from an argument over who would be the prostitute’s pimp. At first, Stith had gotten the best of King.
“On the losing end of a fistfight, the defendant walked away, only to return with a gun and kill his opponent,” Brown said. “... Such a vicious act of violence demonstrates that this defendant is a threat to society and deserving of a lengthy prison sentence.”