2003-12-05 / Community

Far Rock Vengeance Killer Gets 25 Years To Life

By Brian Magoolaghan
Far Rock Vengeance Killer Gets 25 Years To Life By Brian Magoolaghan

A Far Rockaway man who shot and killed a teenage gang member who severely beat up one of his relatives was sentenced this week after four trials and two convictions.

Eric Jenkins, 31, of 82-01 Hammels Boulevard, was convicted of second degree murder and second degree criminal possession of a weapon in early November, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Jenkins was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison by Supreme Court Justice Stanley B. Katz this week, Brown said.

In 1992 Jenkins fatally wounded 16-year-old Michael Reese, of Jamaica Queens, with a 9mm handgun – Reese, a gang member, was in a group that attacked Jenkins’ teenage nephew, Cecil Saddler, the day before, according to trial testimony. The shooting took place on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and 134 Avenue in Jamaica as Reese was waiting for a ride.

Jenkins "took the life of a teenager as the result of a personal dispute which could have been settled with words," Brown said this week.

Jenkins was arrested in Suffolk County on other criminal weapons possession charges a month after the shooting – Suffolk cops checked for any outstanding warrants and discovered they had nabbed a wanted man.

A mistrial was declared in Jenkins’ first trail in 1993, but the case was tried again that year ending in a conviction, which would later be reversed, Brown said. The case was tried again ten years later and resulted in a hung jury, said Brown.

"After prosecuting this defendant four times, I hope this sentence brings a finality to the case and a measure of solace to the family of Michael Reese," Brown said.

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