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A Queens Village man who forced a 15-year-old runaway into prostitution and tortured her when she asked to leave was sentenced to up to nine years in prison on Tuesday on a sex trafficking charge.
Christopher Whitfield, 25, of 113th Avenue, pleaded guilty in July. He had been held on $200,000 bail since his arrest in April 2012, according to a statement released on Tuesday by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
An 18-year-old Brentwood, LI teenager pleaded guilty last Thursday to burglary as a hate crime for committing three separate thefts in Queens in one day, duping three elderly men into allowing the defendant and his cohorts into their homes so they could steal cash and valuables.
“The defendant in this case shamefully targeted his victims because their advanced age and frailties made them easy targets,” said District Attorney Richard Brown.
A St. Albans teen was convicted Oct. 10 of raping a woman whom he met on an adult website. DNA evidence linked him to the crime and ultimately led to his arrest.
Dominicio Fuhrtz of 116th Avenue, who was 17 at the time he committed the crime, brought the victim to a house at 115-30 175 Street on May 1, 2010.
A Corona spa owner pleaded guilty last week to unlawfully practicing medicine and assaulting a client when a 2010 liposuction procedure landed the patient in the hospital for five days, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley.
Barbara Nieto, 29, was licensed by the state to operate an appearance enhancement business, but did not have a license to actually perform the treatments or practice medicine.
Many members of the Community Baptist Church in Bayside continue to support their pastor, the Rev. Phillip Joubert, who was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for sexually abusing his then-13-year-old daughter two years ago.
Although no active churchgoer would comment on the record, several attended the sentencing to show their support. The talk is that the church will hire an interim pastor during Joubert’s incarceration.
Though Barbara Sheehan was sentenced to five years in prison last week after being acquitted of murdering her husband but found guilty on a weapons charge, her attorney is fighting to make sure the Howard Beach mother never sees the inside of a cell again.
“I am appalled,” Sheehan’s attorney, Michael Dowd, said after Queens Supreme Court Judge Barry Kron sentenced the 50-year-old woman to five years in prison, followed by two and a half years of post-release supervision. “But I’m not surprised in Queens County.”
Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach mother who was acquitted of murdering her husband but found guilty on a weapons charge, was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday.
Sometimes, it takes a village to do more than raise a child.
Sometimes, it takes a village to keep even the strongest of us going, to remind us that when the night falls, the morning always comes.
It is the details that have broken the family — recollecting reading her son’s college religion essay just before she shot her husband 11 times in their Howard Beach home, being asked to read out loud in court an expletive-laced journal entry written by a 14-year-old son who hated his father, a daughter’s memory of being 4 years old and listening to her father screaming at her mother in the bedroom below.
These are the details that make up a lifetime, the narratives that form who people are, and, for Barbara Sheehan and her family, the stories that have been publicly pieced together over the past month by the defense and prosecution. The attorneys wove very different tales about the Howard Beach woman and the life she led before ending up in an alternately cold and stuffy room with a dramatic green marble wall in the Queens Supreme courthouse.
Theirs was a childhood marked by an explosive father, Raymond Sheehan, a man seen as a pillar of the Howard Beach community but who, his son and daughter testified, was a terror inside the home, making them live in constant fear of provoking a fury that resulted in him allegedly beating their mother so frequently that they rarely saw her without bruises.
“I heard my father call my mother a piece of sh** every day,” Raymond Sheehan, 21, said last week at the Queens Supreme Courthouse in Kew Gardens, where his mother, Barbara Sheehan, stands trial for shooting her ex-cop husband 11 times at their Howard Beach home in 2008. “I hated what he did to my mom, to my sister, to me. I hated how he tortured us.”
An illegal immigrant who shot two police officers because he feared being deported has been sentenced to 55 years in prison, the Queens District Attorney’s Office announced last Thursday.
Judge Barry Kron sentenced Raul Nunez, 35, to 25 years for shooting one officer and two additional 15-year sentences for shooting two other officers, all to be served consecutively.
The second of two College Point men who pleaded guilty to violently beating up and robbing a gay man in 2009 was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison.
One of two College Point men who pleaded guilty to a hate crime against a gay man was sentenced Monday to eight years behind bars.
A Jamaica man was sentenced to 34 years to life in state prison on Oct. 16 for assaulting three NYPD detectives, injuring one, by ramming their vehicle with an unmarked MTA police SUV that had been reported stolen two days before the incident, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown has announced.
Reputed Gambino organized crime family “capo” Nicholas Corozzo has been sentenced to four and one-half to 13 and one-half years in prison after pleading guilty to operating a highly sophisticated illegal gambling enterprise in Queens and elsewhere, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Tuesday. Corozzo admitted to booking nearly $10 million in wagers over a two-year period on professional and college basketball and football, professional baseball and hockey and other sporting events.
A child psychiatrist with an office in Rego Park faces up to one year in jail after being found guilty of fondling a 16-year-old female patient during two therapy sessions.
Gambino crime family captain Nicholas “Little Nicky” Corrozo pleaded guilty last Wednesday to the top count in a 29-count state indictment charging him with promoting illegal sports betting in Queens.
Six Flushing locations were raided last Thursday and 10 members of an Asian ring were arrested in the illegal manufacturing and distribution of counterfeited movie and music DVDs.
A pimp and his female accomplice have both been sentenced for promoting the prostitution of a North Carolina college student — in part by uploading her photo onto the “craigslist” Web site — in January 2006.
As expected, the 28 year old Upper West Side resident who has come to be known as the face, or at least the name, of graffiti vandals everywhere, will be spending the next six months behind bars.
The graffiti vandal who was caught spray painting his tag “Kiko” on Astoria trees, cars and the pillars in Athens Square Park last year is going to jail.
A man from Ridgewood who pleaded guilty to burglarizing and sexually assaulting two women in their Ridgewood homes five years ago has been sentenced to 24 years in state prison.
Charles Betts, the former pastor of the Morning Star Baptist Church, who stole money from the congregation in Jamaica, was sentenced to five years’ probation on Tuesday, and ordered to pay full restitution of $31,806 to the church.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Tuesday that a Brooklyn man pleaded guilty to bilking over $32,200 from State Farm Insurance following a fictitious auto accident in Richmond Hill in January 2001.