A Flushing man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the 2010 murder of an aspiring musician to whom he owed money.
Malcolm Thompson, 20, was convicted of killing Laseam Hogan, 27, in the Pomonok Houses complex where they both lived, shooting him five times. He fired the final three shots as Hogan lay on the ground wounded.
The sentence was handed down by Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak, who presided over Thompson’s four-week trial.
“The price the defendant must now pay to settle what originally had been a minor unpaid debt is his own doing,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement issued on Oct. 23.
“The defendant shows that he has little regard for human life, and is deserving of the serious punishment meted out today,” Brown added.
Hogan had approached Thompson, who was 18 at the time, in a courtyard of the Pomonok Houses at about noon on Oct. 15, 2010, and asked him about repaying about $200 that Hogan had lent him some months earlier.
According to trial testimony, Thompson then threatened to kill Hogan while keeping his hands in his pockets. As Hogan began to turn away, Thompson shot him in the leg and torso.
Thompson then leaned over the wounded Hogan and shot him in the torso, neck and head, killing him.