2012-06-15 / Top Stories

Local Convicted In 2007 Shooting

By Howard Schwach

Ellis at an earlier hearing on the death of a police officer. Ellis at an earlier hearing on the death of a police officer. A former Far Rockaway man, who is already in prison in connection with the murder of a police officer three years ago, has been convicted of attempted murder and other charges for the shooting and robbery of a Queens man in July 2007.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown identified the defendant as Robert Ellis, 39, formerly of Far Rockaway. The defendant was convicted on Monday of one count of seconddegree attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of second- degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of fifthdegree criminal possession of stolen property following a fourweek jury trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory L. Lasak.

Brown said, “This defendant has proven himself to be a menace to others and deserves the maximum sentence. His reckless disregard for human life has no place in a civilized society. He deserves the maximum punishment. ”

Brown added that, according to the trial testimony, Carl Field, who was 20 at the time, was standing on the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and 109th Drive talking to a friend just before 5:00 a.m. on July 8, 2007, when a gray Porsche Cayenne being driven by the defendant Ellis stopped at the corner and his co-defendant – Dexter Bostic (who is awaiting trial) – allegedly exited the vehicle, holding a silver .45-caliber handgun, and began shooting.

Field attempted to run but was shot once in his left leg, the bullet shattering his femur and causing him to fall to the ground.

It is alleged that Bostic then approached Field and demanded money. Field allegedly handed over $1,800 in cash, a chain and the keys to his vehicle. Bostic and Ellis then allegedly fled in the Porsche. The judge set sentencing for July 18, at which time the defendant faces up to 25 years in prison.

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