A Brooklyn man was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years to life in the shooting death of a man in a Richmond Hill barbershop bathroom in 2010, and for the attempted murder of another man there.
Kereim Richardson, 34, was convicted last month of second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
According to trial testimony, Richardson was playing dice with several other individuals — including the deceased victim, Gary Bowlin, and a surviving gunshot victim — in the back room of a barbershop located at 135-02 Liberty Ave. after midnight on Dec. 29. 2010. At some point, Richardson and Bowlin were in the barbershop bathroom at the same time when witnesses heard shots fired and then observed Bowlin on the bathroom floor with gunshots to his head and torso. He died at the scene.
When Richardson exited the bathroom, he was grabbed by one of the dice players and they tussled, during which time Richardson shot the surviving victim twice, once in the nose and a graze wound to the hip.