2003-05-30 / Front Page

18 Years To Life For Rockaway Murder

By Howard Schwach
18 Years To Life For Rockaway Murder By Howard Schwach

A Far Rockaway man has been sentenced to an 18 years to life sentence for murdering a vendor who sold tapes and other goods nearby the Mott Avenue subway station in December of 2001.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced the sentencing of Rahmel Thompson, 21, who was convicted last month for what his attorney called at the trial, "a robbery gone bad."

The victim, Mamadou Toure reportedly came here from Guinea in Africa to make a better life for his family. Toure had a small store right next to the entrance to the A Train in Far Rockaway in which he sold tapes and cassettes as well as other inexpensive goods.

Police said that Thompson fired two shots at Toure when the African immigrant resisted his robbery attempt.

The Queens Supreme Court jury deliberated for a little more than three hours before convicting Thompson of murder, attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.

Two other co-defendants with Thompson had their cases adjudicated earlier.

Jameek Roacher, 20, of Brooklyn, was convicted by a jury last year and was sentenced to 22 years to life.

Maurice Gulley, 19, of Far Rockaway, pled guilty earlier in the year and testified against Thompson. He is expected to be sentenced in the near future to 12 years in prison for his part in the murder.


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