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Man convicted of 2010 killing

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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:39 am, Thu Dec 20, 2012.

The suspect in the May 2010 murder of a teenager outside a Richmond Hill bar has been convicted of the killing

Miguel Viruet, 37, of Ozone Park was convicted by a jury of shooting 19-year-old Christian O’Hara outside of Scooby’s Bar at 118-07 Atlantic Ave. near Lefferts Blvd. before dawn on May 5, 2010.

Viruet received a phone call from his brother before 4 a.m. and was told by him that he had been punched in the face by an unknown man. He then drove to the bar with two other men and asked the bouncer who punched his brother, but the man told Viruet that his brother had been ejected from the bar for being drunk and had been attacked outside on the sidewalk.

Viruet left the bar in a vehicle but walked back, and from across the street, shot at people standing in front of Scooby’s. He hit O’Hara, who was standing outside, in the torso. He later died.

The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Viruet faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 8.

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