2001-03-03 / Front Page

Far Rockaway Man Convicted Of Rape Near JFK

Darryl Byron, 36, of Far Rockaway has been convicted of raping a 28-year-old Brooklyn student in a vacant lot near Kennedy airport in November of 1998.

After a two and a half week trail, Byron was convicted of rape and assault. The defendant faces a maximum term of up to 25 years in prison when Supreme Court Justice Robert C. McGann imposes sentence on March 21, 2001.

According to the trial testimony, the defendant and victim had met before at a private party in Brooklyn. The victim accepted the defendant’s invitation to leave and get something to eat at a local diner. After they had eaten, he drove to Queens, telling her he wanted to go somewhere to talk. He drove to a desolate lot near the airport and accosted her, threatening her life, as she struggled with him. He raped her twice and told her he would take her home. He began driving away from the crime scene but circled back on to the highway towards the vacant lot at which point the victim jumped out of the moving vehicle and flagged down a taxi. The driver took her to Jamaica Hospital.

At the time of the arrest, it was testified, that the defendant assaulted a police officer, causing extensive bruises and partially tearing his left ear.

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