2006-09-22 / Community

Hammels Man Gets 20 Years In Friends Killing

A Hammels man was sentenced last Friday to 20 years in prison for killing a friend after an argument with a third man near the housing project, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Shatell Spurgeon, 26, received the 20-year sentence from Queens Supreme Court Justice Mark K. Spires, less than a month after he was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Spurgeon, of 85-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, shot and killed Damon Waiter, 20, on the evening of April 22, 2001, after arguing near the Hammel Houses with another man, Alvin Briggs, 22.

Briggs was driving off in his car when he heard a single gunshot and saw his passenger, Waiter, bleeding and shaking.

The shot Spurgeon fired had traveled through the car's rear window and struck Waiter in the head and he died at Peninsula Hospital Center two hours later.

Spurgeon was on the lam for two years, but was finally apprehended in upstate Binghamton by NYPD detectives in June of 2003.

"Though today's sentencing closes the book on the criminal prosecution, it doesn't eradicate the harm and suffering that the defendant's senseless act inflicted on the victim and his family," Brown said. "I hope that they can take solace in knowing that justice has been done and that society will be protected from the defendant for a very long time."

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