2012-06-15 / Top Stories

Trio Guilty In Good Samaritan Stabbing

Three Far Rockaway men have pleaded guilty in the manslaughter stabbing death of a Good Samaritan in the area of New Haven Avenue back in July 2010.

The three men pleaded guilty to manslaughter and gang assault prior to the start of their respective trials for the deadly attack on a man who attempted to halt the defendants’ attack on a transsexual woman.

District Attorney Richard Brown said, “The victim in this case – a 49- year-old man – bravely attempted to stop an injustice and paid for it dearly. Now the defendants have admitted their guilt and will serve lengthy prison sentences. These dispositions are a measure of justice for the victim.”

Brown identified the defendants as Daryl Reid, 24, of 25-21 Ocean Crest Boulevard; Terril Pinnock, 22, of 20-23 Seagirt Boulevard; and Jahvaughn Garrison, 23, of 120 Beach 19 Street. Reid pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on June 8, before Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter who indicated he would sentence the defendant to a determinate term of 18 years in prison on June 29. Pinnock and Garrison each pleaded guilty to first-degree gang assault on June 7, and June 8, respectively, before Justice Buchter who indicated he would sentence each of the defendants to a determinate term of six-and-one-half years in prison on July 30.

DA Brown said that, in pleading guilty, the defendants admitted that on July 4, 2010, they assaulted Amanda DeWitt in the vicinity of New Haven Avenue and Beach 21 Street because she is a transsexual.

DeWitt suffered a slight cut to one of her fingers and was able to escape due to the intervention of Richard Salter, 49, who demanded that the defendants leave DeWitt alone.

Minutes later, after everyone left the scene, the defendants again observed Richard Salter – in the vicinity of 601 Beach 20 Street – and attacked him. Defendants Pinnock and Garrison admitted to punching and kicking Salter; defendant Reid admitted to pulling out a knife and stabbing him once in the thigh and once in the buttocks. The thigh injury nicked the victim’s femoral artery and he bled to death on a nearby stoop after fleeing from the attack.

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