2005-02-04 / Community

Guilty Verdict In Restaurant Worker’s Murder

A Far Rockaway man was found guilty last week of murdering a female employee at a local Chinese restaurant during a robbery in 2003, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced.

A jury of nine women and three men deliberated for five hours –following a two-week Queens Supreme Court trial – and returned a guilty verdict against Lueggie Dowling, 23, of 409 Beach 51 Street. Dowling stole $500 in cash from the Beautiful Gardens Chinese Restaurant on Cornaga Avenue after he shot Lin Li Zhen once in the head, killing her, on July 18, 2003.

“The victim was a hardworking young woman working long hours to support her family,” said Brown.

Workers at the restaurant, who had difficulty responding to questions posed in English, declined to comment to The Wave this week.

Dowling, who was found guilty of second degree murder, first degree robbery and second degree criminal possession of a weapon, faces up to 25 years to life in prison at his sentencing, which is scheduled for March 2.

“His lethal conduct took a life and shattered a family with grief and it warrants imposition of a maximum prison sentence to punish him and protect society,” said Brown. Dowling’s alleged accomplice, Jamel Heyward, 26, of 186 Amboy Street, Far Rockaway, is being held without bail, and is awaiting trial.

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