Deal Made In Medina Case
By Gary G. Toms
It was announced this week that Jonathan Whitmore, 28, of Far Rockaway, pleaded guilty to gun possession in the Maria Medina murder case. The deal was made in exchange for a 7-year sentencing for Whitmore’s role in the crime.
"It was a just plea." Said Assistant District Attorney Robert Schwerdt. Whitmore wasn’t firing toward the building where Medina was, he was firing away from the building."
Prior to the deal, Whitmore could have faced up to 25 years to life for his part in the March 10, 2000, incident at the Redfern Houses.
Medina, a tenant activist, was killed when she was struck by a stray bullet that went through a metal door.
In March, Tullie Hyman was convicted of second-degree murder and weapons charges. A second man, Osimba Ramsatt, was acquitted of all charges against him.
Whitmore will be sentenced on April 18, and Hyman, who is facing 25 years to life, will be sentenced next week. The case against Derrick Harris, a fourth defendant in the case, is pending.