2001-03-17 / Front Page

Byron Sentenced 25 Years For Rape Near JFK

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced this week that a Far Rockaway man who was recently convicted of raping a 28 year old Brooklyn student in a vacant lot near JFK Airport has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the crime.

District Attorney Brown identified the defendant as Darryl Byron, 36, of 20-46 Seagirt Boulevard. He was convicted of rape and assault after a two and a half week trial before Supreme Court Justice Robert C. McGann in February. Justice McGann imposed the 25-year term.

According to the trial testimony, the defendant and the victim had met at a private party in Brooklyn on the night of November 29, 1998. The defendant invited the victim to leave and get something to eat at a local diner and she accepted. After they had eaten, he drove to Queens telling her he wanted to go someplace where they could talk. He drove to a desolate lot near JFK Airport and accosted her, threatening to kill her, as she struggled with him. He raped her twice and then 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 car and flagged down a taxi. The taxi driver took her to Jamaica Hospital.

The defendant was arrested on December 10, 1998 by a Queens Warrant Apprehension Team of the New York Police Department. At the time of arrest, it was testified, the defendant assaulted Police Officer Timothy Copeland, a member of the team, causing extensive bruises and partially tearing his left ear.

Assistant District Attorney Catherine Kane of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau, which is under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Marjory Fisher and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney Gregory L. Lasak, was in charge of the prosecution.


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