Augustina Avenue Double Shooter Convicted
A Far Rockaway gangbanger is facing up to 50 years in prison after a jury convicted him this week of second-degree murder and other charges in connection with the September 2009 shooting death of an innocent bystander who was struck when the defendant opened fire on a crowd of people outside a home on Augustina Avenue.
Paul Williams, 35, of Hartman Lane in Far Rockaway was found guilty following two hours of deliberation, by a jury of six men and six women. In addition to murder he was convicted on second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault. Sentencing is set for April 18.
“The defendant’s wanton disregard for human life led to the senseless shooting death of an innocent man. He deserves the maximum sentence both as a punishment for his actions and to protect society,” District Attorney Brown said in a statement.
According to trial testimony, on September 14, 2009, outside 1315 Augustina Avenue, Williams, armed with an assault rifle, began firing numerous shots into a crowd of people who were at that location. The victim, Ronald Washington, 28, also of Far Rockaway, was fatally struck four times in the upper torso. Todd Jamison, 45, of Cedarhurst, New York, was struck in the leg, resulting in the amputation of his leg above the knee.
The defendant fled the scene but was identified and arrested five months later in North Carolina after an arrest for an unrelated incident.