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Co-worker guilty in ’10 murder of livery driver

Faces 25 to life in botched robbery

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:41 am, Thu Jun 13, 2013.

A Brooklyn man has been convicted of murder in the January 2010 death of a livery car driver during an attempted armed robbery.

Gregory Johnson, 36, was convicted on June 3 of killing Jaroslaw Bielawski, 62, of Brooklyn, following a three-week trial.

He was a fellow employee of Bielawski’s at Crosslands Corporate Transportation.

He faces 25 years to life on charges of second-degree murder, first- and second-degree attempted robbery, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence.

Johnson will be sentenced on July 2.

A second defendant, Auther Lattan, 25, also of Brooklyn, is awaiting trial on the same charges. He also faces 25 years to life if convicted.

“The victim in this case was a hard-working New Yorker,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement issued by his office. “His death was senseless and shocking, motivated by the basest of emotions — greed.”

Evidence introduced at trial found that Johnson, and allegedly Lattan, donned ski masks and gloves at about 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2010, as they approached the business office of the livery car company at 35-144 11th St. and approached a car being driven by Bielawski.

Crosslands owner Mamadouh Elsayed was a passenger in the vehicle.

Johnson approached the vehicle and motioned for Bielawski to roll down his window.

He instead attempted to drive off, with Johnson firing three shots into the vehicle, one of which struck Bielawski in the head, killing him.

Brown, who praised the diligent and dogged work by police and and his prosecutors in the investigation, said DNA obtained from a glove left at the scene allegedly matches Lattan’s.

Johnson, who had been on a leave of absence from the livery company, returned to work less than two weeks after the murder.

Lattan and Johnson were arrested on April 21, 2010.

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