‘Buddah’ Gets 18 Years For Bloody Assault
A well-known Hammels gangbanger was sentenced to 18 years in prison this week after being convicted of first-degree assault in connection with the shooting of another man whose bicycle he had stolen inside the Dayton Shopping Center parking lot, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced this week.
Derrell (Buddah) Daniels, 21, was sentenced after he was convicted of firstdegree assault earlier this month following a jury trial. Two other men charged in the case, Shareem (Sha) Edwards, 21, and Leroy (Bobby Lee) Barnett, 23, both of Rockaway, pled guilty to second-degree robbery and were each sentenced this week to 11 years in prison and five years post-release supervision. A fourth defendant, Malik Miller, 21, of Hammels has also been charged with second-degree attempted murder and is waiting trial later this month.
“This case involves the senseless shooting of a young man whose bicycle had been stolen by the defendant. The victim in this case lost a lung due to his injuries and he could easily have lost his life. Today’s sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime and should serve as a warning that this type of mindless violence will not be tolerated,” Brown said.
According to trial testimony at Daniels’ trial, on the afternoon of November 20, 2009, in front of 86-07 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, defendant Daniels picked up a bicycle belonging to the victim, Japelle Cox, 23, and began riding it around a parking lot. The victim twice told Daniels to get off the bicycle and the defendant then rode it into the middle of the parking lot and put it on the ground. At that point, according to testimony, Edwards approached the victim and said, “We should [mess] him up,” and then swung a bag at the victim’s head. At that point, all four defendants surrounded the victim and Miller allegedly took a gun out of his pocket and fired it, striking the victim three times in the chest.
After the shooting, Edwards rode the bicycle from the scene and the other defendants fled on foot.”