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Guilty verdict for murder

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Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014 10:30 am

A 53-year-old Ozone Park man has been sentenced to the maximum 25-year term in prison for the 2012 stabbing death of a Parks Department co-worker at Flushing Meadows Park.

Robert Swann was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter following a jury trial in Queens Supreme Court. Justice Ira Margulis imposed the sentence on Monday.

According to testimony, Swann stabbed Ezra Black, 31, of Brooklyn during a fight outside the Al Oerter Recreation Center at 131-40 Fowler Ave. in Flushing. He later told police that he discarded the knife and his clothing in a field in the park and was later found near the Unisphere.

Both men were seasonal Parks Department workers. Police said a simmering dispute between the two men led to the attack, although the nature of the grievance was not known.

Both men had extensive arrest records.Swann previously was charged with several assaults and weapons charges while Black had more than two dozen prior arrests.

— Liz Rhoades

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