A Pennsylvania man was sentenced Feb. 20 to 50 years to life for the murder of a 33-year-old Flushing man and the kidnapping of his 80-year-old mother.
Domingo Mateo, 24, of Reading, Pa. was convicted on Jan. 25 of second-degree murder, first- and second-degree menacing, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
“The sentence imposed in this case is more than justified and reflects the seriousness of the crime,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. “The defendant has been convicted of lying in wait for his victim and then viciously attacking him and tying up his mother during the course of ransacking their apartment.”
Mateo was convicted of the murder of reputed marijuana dealer Thomas Shanis on May 3, 2011. The 33-year-old left his apartment at 140-18 Ash Ave. to walk his German shepherd-Labrador mix, Sampson. As he left his apartment, he inadvertently let Mateo and his alleged accomplice, Juan Mejia, into the building. The duo then waited in the sixth-floor stairwell to the roof — which was right next to Shanis’ apartment door — for him to return.
The two men attacked him and during the struggle, Mejia allegedly pistol-whipped Shanis and Mateo stabbed him in the back.
Sampson was also stabbed in the neck, as Mateo, and allegedly Mejia, forced their way into the apartment where Shanis’s mother Zelda also lived.
According to trial testimony, she was bound with duct tape while her son, Thomas, was tied up and left on the kitchen floor, where he bled to death.
Mateo and allegedly Mejia then combed through Thomas’ room and removed a metal box and other items. Money was also demanded from the 80-year-old mother.
Mejia has been indicted on murder, kidnapping and other charges and is presently awaiting trial.