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Shooter gets 25 years in 2012 Adams slay

Pleaded guilty to manslaughter 1

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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:12 am, Thu Apr 4, 2013.

A 19-year-old man from Springfield Gardens was sentenced to 25 years in prison last Wednesday for the March 2012 shooting death of an 18-year-old youth near the South Jamaica Houses.

Sean Barnhill, who has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, also will serve a concurrent two-year sentence for assaulting a Corrections officer at the Queens Criminal Courthouse last June while in custody.

According to a statement issued by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Barnhill and codefendant Alexander Burgess shot and killed Daryl Adams at about 12:30 p.m. on March 2, 2012.

Burgess was sentenced to a 16-year term in December after he too pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter.

Of Barnhill, Brown said “The defendant has proven himself a threat to society even behind bars. As such, the lengthy prison sentence imposed in this case is more than warranted and punishes the defendant for senselessly shooting an unarmed teenager and injuring an on-duty correction officer.”

Brown said that in their pleas both men admitted being armed with semiautomatic pistols on 107th Street between 159th and 160th streets when they each fired one shot at Adams, hitting him twice and killing him.

The district attorney also said that Barnhill, who has been held without bail since his March 2012 arraignment, has admitted to punching a correction officer in an incident that took place at the courthouse in Kew Gardens on June 13 of last year.

The officer sustained a laceration to his mouth, according to the District Attorney’s statement.

Barnhill was sentenced by Acting Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Chin-Brandt.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Barnhill also will face three years of post-release supervision in connection with the first-degree assault charge upon completion of his sentence.

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