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Queens County Criminal Court Calendar

Tuesday, July 24

Celebration Turned Deadly for Birthday Boy’s Dad

Anthony Guyton is charged with second degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing his father at a birthday party in 2014. “The defendant is accused of patricide, taking the life of his own father,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement. “The alleged actions of the defendant are totally incomprehensible.” Prosecutors say Guyton and his father began arguing at a birthday party before Guyton pulled out a handgun and killed his old man in South Jamaica.


Far Rockaway Man Allegedly Stabbed Wheelchair-Bound Girlfriend

Jonnie Jones faces second degree murder in the stabbing death of an ex-girlfriend in 2017. Prosecutors say Jones,42, argued with his ex-girlfriend, who used a wheelchair while recovering from foot surgery, and the woman’s son before he stabbed the woman to death at their home on Beach 32nd Street. According to the Daily News, Jones became extremely angry with the woman and her son and accused the son, 21, of jumping him in the lobby earlier that day. Before the alleged murder, cops had visited the apartment five previous times to respond to domestic violence complaints.


Domestic Abuser Killed Ex a Day After Leaving Rikers, Prosecutors Say

Jerome Rivers, 52, killed his ex-girlfriend a day after being released from Rikers Island in 2017, Queens prosecutors. Rivers, a registered sex offender, is charged with second degree murder for allegedly strangling his wife Gia Pender inside her Ozone Park home. Pender feared for her life once Rivers was released from jail, friends said. “This was a senseless killing,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement. “Despite the defendant having an order of protection barring him from communicating with the victim, the man allegedly called her numerous times from jail and then asked to stay with her upon his release.”


Flushing Man Allegedly Fleeced Senior Citizen for $41K in Phony Bail Scheme

Andrew Sanders is charged with third-degree grand larceny for his alleged role in a “jail bail” scam to fleece senior citizens. Prosecutors says Sanders, a Flushing resident, allegedly convinced an elderly victim to give him cash in 2017 by saying that he needed the money to post bail in the Dominican Republic. Sanders allegedly told the victim he had been arrested on marijuana charges. “This case sadly represents an all too common scenario in which an alleged con artist will unscrupulously take advantage of an older person by playing on their love and concern for younger family members to rob them of substantial amounts of their hard-earned savings,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.


Knife-Wielding Hipster Allegedly Killed His Roommate

Render Stetson-Shanahan is charged with second degree murder in the stabbing death of his roommate inside their Ridgewood apartment. Prosecutors say that Stetson-Shanahan stabbed Carolyn Bush, 26, in the neck, arm and back in September 2016. “This is a disturbing case that ended with the death of a young, innocent woman,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement. “The defendant now faces a lengthy prison term if convicted of this senseless crime.” If convicted, Stetson-Shanahan faces up to 25 years to life in prison. Stetson-Shanahan told the New York Post that he did not remember the killing and that he had a mental health breakdown.  


Member of Alleged Bike-Boosting Crew Heads to Court

Craig Williams is charged with third degree criminal possession of stolen property for his alleged connection to a motorcycle theft ring that ran a Fast and the Furious-style motorcycle boosting operation throughout the Metropolitan area. Between March 2016 and February 2017, Williams and six associates allegedly have stolen high-end motorcycles from streets and private garages throughout Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Nassau County, District Attorney Richard Brown said. “The indictments are the result of a long-term joint investigation by the New York City Police Department’s Queens South Auto Larceny Unit, its Auto Crime Division and my office’s Auto Crime and Insurance Fraud Unit,” Brown said “The defendants charged in this case are alleged to have worked together — and sometimes separately — stealing and then selling the snatched motorcycles on the black market.”


Alleged Rosedale Shooter Hit With Murder 2

John Jahlik Hines is charged with second degree murder for allegedly shooting a Rosedale resident seated in a van in June. Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said that Hines, 24, allegedly approached the van passenger and fired two shots into the vehicle early. The victim was hit once in his chest and another bullet entered his lower back. He died as a result of the gunshot wounds. “This is yet another senseless act of gun violence in our community,” Brown said. “The defendant is alleged to have shot and killed a 26-year-old man in the early morning hours of June 3, 2018. The defendant has now been apprehended and faces a long term of incarceration.”


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