2006-04-28 / Community

Fifty Years To Life For Far Rock Man

A local man was sentenced Thursday to 50 years to life in prison for the 2003 shooting of two men, who were sitting in a car in Far Rockaway, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced.

Shamel Hollenquest, 22, of 15-02 Mott Avenue, was convicted in February of two counts of second-degree murder, second and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment. Queens Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Cooperman, who presided at the trial, imposed Hollenquest's sentence.

The convicted murderer "has now been punished," said Brown.

"Fleeing the scene immediately following the shooting, the defendant thought he could hide from the law and avoid punishment. However, he was apprehended five months after the incident in Rochester, New York, and has now been brought to justice," Brown continued.

On July 30, 2003, at about 1:15 a.m., Hollenquest approached a stopped black Lexus near 14-24 Gateway Boulevard and fired several shots from a .380 semi-automatic pistol at close range. The bullets pierced the windshield and struck both victims, Rudolph Michael, 32, and Shannon Day, 33, once in the front of their heads. Hollenquest fled on foot and threw his weapon into a nearby backyard. Police later recovered the murder weapon.

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