A former North Carolina resident is facing more than 25 years in prison following his conviction for a six-month robbery spree in 2010 that included the shooting of a cab driver and a restaurant employee.
Shawn Peace, 25, who also once lived on 118th Avenue in Jamaica, was convicted last Thursday of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon following a three-week trial.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, in a statement issued by his office, said Peace is scheduled to be sentenced on March 26.
“He has proven himself to be a menace to others and deserves the maximum sentence allowed by law,” Brown said.
Peace was convicted of shooting livery cab driver Trevor Bell four times on Dec. 3, 2010, after engaging the livery car driver to take him to an address that turned out to be a dead end street in South Ozone Park.
Brown said Bell was shot as he struggled with Peace in the front seat of the cab.
He was found slumped over in his car at the corner of 122nd Street and Sutter Avenue.
Brown said Bell, hit in the neck and both legs, to this day suffers the effects of two strokes that occurred as a direct result of his wounds.
The five other robberies for which Peace was convicted all took place at fast -food restaurants.
They include one on Aug. 19, 2010 at Popeye’s Fried Chicken at 245-01 Francis Lewis Blvd. in Rosedale during which an employee was shot in the hand while trying to apprehend him.
Brown said other robberies included one on July 15 at McDonald’s at 256-01 Union Tpke. in Glen Oaks; a Wendy’s restaurant at 222-06 Northern Blvd. in Bayside on Aug. 8; a Burger King at 92-02 Atlantic Ave. in Ozone Park on Nov. 19; and another McDonald’s at 166-05 Rockaway Blvd. in Jamaica on Nov. 21.