Judge: Shut Up. This Is Not Far Rock Street
Two men, one from Rockaway and the other from Brooklyn, both with rap sheets, have been sentenced to 50 years in prison in connection with the shooting deaths of a young man and woman and the attempted murder of two other men at the Edgemere Houses in 2005.
District Attorney Richard Brown identified the two as as Naim Muhammad, 25, of 22-29 Dix Avenue and Antoine Singleton, 27, of 724 East 103 Street, in Canarsie.
Queens judge Gregory Lasak lashed out at Singleton during his sentencing hearing when Singleton asked, “Who said they saw me.”
The judge saw Singleton’s wisecrack as disputing Lasak’s contention that the convicted man and his partner had fired into a crowd, killing two people and wounding two others in 2005.
Justice Lasak told him, “Be Quiet. We’re in court, not on some street in Far Rockaway. You’re nothing but a punk when you don’t have a gun in your hand”.
According to court papers, the shootings took place on December 11, 2005 at approximately 3:00 a.m. at 438 Beach 40 Street following a party.
Brown said, “This case is another example of the senseless decision by two men to carry and repeatedly fire illegal handguns inside a Far Rockaway public housing development.
“In the end, a young man and woman saw their lives cut short too soon and the defendants face the prospect of life in prison. The crime is a shocking example of mindless gunrelated violence that takes innocent lives and recklessly endangers public safety.”
Court documents show that Muhammad and Singleton fired two semi-automatic pistols, striking Derrick Samuel, 23, five times throughout his body, and Jeanette “Nikki” Bostick, 23, one time in the chest, fatally wounding them.
Muhammad and Singleton also shot at two other men, Jeffrey Roddy and Terrell Johnson, but missed.
Muhammad has convictions dating back to 2001 for disorderly conduct, drug possession and trespassing.
Singleton had a 1999 conviction for grand larceny and menacing.