2002-05-18 / Community

Arverne Shooter Called ‘Urban Terrorist’

Arverne Shooter Called ‘Urban Terrorist’

A Queens judge has sentenced an Arverne man to 21 years to life in prison for the murder in 2000 of a tenant leader at the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway.

"You and the others who were involved in this murder are nothing less than urban terrorists," Justice Randall Eng told Tully Hyman as he imposed the sentence.

Hyman and three other men had been tried for the shootout that accidentally hit Maria Medina, a tenant patrol leader who was sitting in the lobby of 15-40 Hassock Street when she was hit by a stray bullet. According to the District Attorney, more than 40 shots were exchanged by the four men.

One of the other defendants was found not guilty and the two others pled guilty and were sentenced to 7-12 years in prison.

District Attorney Richard Brown said of the incident, "The death of tenant patrol member Maria Medina, the mother of three children, was a senseless act of gun-based violence."

Hyman, 22, who lives at 69-41 DeCosta Avenue in Arverne, maintains that it was not his bullet that struck Medina.

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