2005-08-12 / Community

Twenty-Five To Life For Takeout Killer

An unemployed Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the July, 2003 shooting death of a female employee of a Far Rockaway Chinese restaurant during a robbery. An accomplice in the murder-robbery was similarly sentenced earlier this year. 

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown identified the defendant as Jamel Heyward, 27, of 186 Amboy Street in Brooklyn. Heyward was convicted following a jury trial on June 21, 2005, of Murder in the Second Degree and Robbery in the First Degree.  Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael D. Aloise, who presided at trial, imposed today’s indeterminate sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, at 10:30 p.m. on July 18, 2003, the defendant and an accomplice entered the Beautiful Gardens Chinese Restaurant at 21-03 Cornaga Avenue in Far Rockaway.

During a robbery, in which about $500 was taken, Heyward’s accomplice pointed a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun at the cashier, Lin Li Zhen, 25, of Far Rockaway, and shot her once in the head, fatally wounding her.  Both assailants then fled on foot.

Heyward’s accomplice, Lueggie Dowling, 23, of 409 Beach 51 Street in Arverne 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 Dowling to 25 years to life in prison on March 2, 2005.

Both cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brad A. Leventhal, Deputy Chief of the District Attorney’s Career Criminal Major Crime Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney James W. Evangelou, Bureau Chief, and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Trials James C. Quinn and Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney for Trials John H. Larsen.

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