2009-10-16 / Top Stories

Third Kid-Shooter Gets 25 To Life

School Days, School Days, No More Golden Rule Days
By Howard Schwach Commentary By Howard Schwach

An undated family photo of John Romano shortly before the shooting incident.
A third man found guilty of shooting a Rockaway boy while he was visiting relatives in Inwood in 2006 was sentenced to 25 years to life for the shooting, Nassau County officials say.

James McFarlane, 26, was convicted in July of assault, robbery, burglary and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the September 23, 2006 shooting of then nine-year-old John Romano, a PS 43 student who was visiting relatives for a sleepover in Inwood when the two men broke into the house and a gun battle ensued.

Romano suffered a gunshot wound to the head that necessitated major surgery.

The boy told the court that the men demanded that the adults put their money, jewelry and gold teeth into a bag.

It was then that the boy's uncle, who had a legal handgun in the house, pulled the gun and began firing at the men.

Romano said that he lay down on the floor and covered his head, but a bullet found him and entered his brain.

Officials say that Romano was shot during the return fire by one of the three men.

He said that he remembers hitting the floor, and then the next thing he remembers is waking up in the hospital.

In August of 2007, another Brooklyn man, Tyreek Williams, pled guilty in the shooting and was sentenced to 21 years in prison. He is presently serving his term.

Williams was arrested when he went to a Brooklyn hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound he sustained in the firefight.

Another accomplice, Rasheed Wat - son, 22, of New Jersey, is also serving a term of 25 years to life in prison in relation to the shooting. Officials say that it was his gun that actually wounded Romano.

The wounded boy is blind in one eye and unable to run or move his left arm, officials say.

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