2006-01-20 / Columnists

Subway Predator Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison

Sentenced to 25 years in prison: Raymond Burney.
Sentenced to 25 years in prison: Raymond Burney. A Far Rockaway teenager, who shot and killed a young father of two in a bungled jewelry robbery on the Beach 36 Street subway platform, was sentenced this week to 25 years in prison.

Raymond Burney, 19, of 394 Beach 25 Street, pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter January 3 before Queens Supreme Court Justice Robert C. Hanophy who sentenced him Thursday. Burney admitted that he shot 21-year-old Shamel Garrett once in the back with a .38 caliber revolver on November 28, 2003.

Garrett, a father of two young children who was living and working in Albany with plans of returning to his hometown of Bedford-Stuyvesant to attend school and marry this girlfriend, was visiting a friend in Far Rockaway over the Thanksgiving holiday. He was headed back to Bedford-Stuyvesant when Burney and his accomplice, Mark Ebanks, 19, of Far Rockaway, decided to mug him for his jewelry.

Garrett apparently sensed that he had become a target and exited the A Train at the Beach 36 Street station. Ebanks and Burney followed him. Ebanks pulled a gun and a life and death struggle ensued in which Burney wound up with the gun, which he then used to shoot and kill Garrett as he fled.

Two NYPD Transit officers were injured as they arrested Ebanks at the scene. Burney was nabbed the next day.

Ebanks, of 26-46 Far Rockaway Boulevard, pleaded guilty to first degree robbery last July. He is set to be sentenced later this month, and is likely to receive a 20-year sentence.

“The lengthy prison sentence imposed by the court is just punishment for a terrible and senseless crime,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, “Justice has been done.”

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