2002-04-20 / Front Page

Rockaway Man Sentenced for Shooting Death

By Howard Schwach

By Howard Schwach

A Far Rockaway man was sentenced to 17 and one-half years for the murder of another Rockaway resident that took place in 2000.

Travis Brown, 22, of Beach 45 Street, pled guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree in January, but tried to take back his plea deal shortly thereafter.

This week, he reinstated his plea and was sentenced by Justice Robert Hanophy.

According to the charges, the victim of the shooting, Christopher Aulder, a St. John’s University honors graduate, approached Brown at Beach 47 Street and Beach Channel Drive in August of 2000, reportedly to speak to him regarding a threat that Brown made to Aulder’s younger brother.

An argument ensued and Aulder walked away. As he was walking across Beach Channel Drive, Brown pulled a gun and shot Aulder in the back, fatally wounding him.

"The victim’s life ended too soon," District Attorney Richard Brown said of the shooting. "I hope that this lengthy sentence will bring a bit of solace to the Aulder family."

After his sentencing, Brown addressed the family of the man he had killed.

"I want to apologize to the family," he said, as Aulder’s family held hands and wiped tears from their eyes.

The trail took a bizarre turn at a March 5 hearing, when Brown tried to take back his guilty plea.

Kenny Aulder, the brother who was present at the shooting, leaped over the courtroom rail, trying to get at Brown.

Both Aulder and his mother, Cecile Gouveia, were arrested on obstruction of governmental administration charges and contempt of court. A fine was paid in that case.


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