2005-06-24 / Community

Second Man Convicted In Restaurant Worker’s Murder

The day after the murder, a garden of memorials grow outside the Far Rockaway restaurant.
The day after the murder, a garden of memorials grow outside the Far Rockaway restaurant. The second man accused of murdering a female cashier during an armed robbery of a Far Rockaway Chinese food restaurant was convicted this week, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced.

Jamel Heyward, 27, of 186 Amboy Street in Brooklyn was convicted Monday of murder in the second degree and robbery in the first degree.

On July 18, 2003 at about 10:30 p.m. Heyward and an accomplice, Lueggie Dowling, 23, entered the Beautiful Gardens Chinese Restaurant at 21-03 Cornaga Avenue and shot and killed Lin Li Zhen, a 25-year-old cashier. They fled on foot and got away with about $500.

A jury of seven women and five men deliberated five hours following a one-week trial and returned a verdict of guilty before Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise.

“The victim was a hardworking young woman working long hours to support her family,” said Brown. “His lethal conduct took a life and shattered a family and it warrants imposition of a maximum prison sentence to punish him and protect society.”

Dowling, of 409 Beach 51 Street, was convicted after a jury trial of murder in the second degree, robbery in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree on January 27, 2005 before Queens Supreme Court Justice Roberta L. Dunlop who sentenced the defendant to 25 years to life in prison on March 2, 2005. Heyward faces the same fate when he is sentenced on August 1.

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