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Notable Cases

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office handles more than 100,000 criminal cases each year. Below is a summary of recent notable cases handled by this Office in the areas of Cybercrime, Guns and Gangs, Major Economic Crimes, Special Victims, Cold Cases and Immigrant Affairs. 

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Matthew Melendez Sentenced to 20-Years-to-Life in Prison for Attempted Murder of Police Sergeants - December 03, 2013

On December 3, 2013, Matthew Melendez was sentenced to 20-years-to-life in state prison after being convicted of the top count in the indictment against him, Attempted Murder in the First...

Roberto Nunez Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole for 2012 Triple Murder - November 26, 2013

On November 26, 2013, Roberto Nunez was sentenced to life in prison without parole for fatally shooting three men in a parked car in Harlem in 2012. On October 24,...

Ajamu White Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for Stealing from Check Cashing Store at Gunpoint - November 25, 2013

On November 25, 2013, Ajamu White was sentenced to 27 years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision for robbing a check-cashing store in Lower Manhattan of nearly...

Mario Rodriguez Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for Lower East Side Shooting - November 07, 2013

On November 7, 2013 Mario Rodriguez was sentenced to 22 years in prison for shooting and wounding 3 people on the Lower East Side in 2010, including 2 innocent bystanders....

Khalid Rahman Sentenced for Fatal Shooting of 21-Year-Old Innocent Bystander - August 07, 2013

On August 7, 2013, Khalid Rahman was sentenced to 19 years in state prison for fatally shooting 21-year-old college graduate Matt Shaw near the AK Houses in East Harlem last...

Tyshawn Brockington Sentenced for Murder of 18-Year-Old High School Senior - June 26, 2013

On June 26, 2013, Tyshawn Brockington was sentenced to 25-years-to-life in state prison for fatally shooting innocent bystander Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy, an 18-year-old high school senior.

Conviction of Major Gun Traffickers - June 25, 2013

On June 25, 2013, three defendants – Wilson Laboriel, Dario Wynerman, and Mitchell Collins – were sentenced to significant prison terms after being convicted of crimes related to two gun-trafficking...

Former NYPD Officer Sentenced in Gun Trafficking Case - November 28, 2012

On November 28, 2012, Nicholas Mina, a former New York City police officer, was sentenced to 15-and-a-half years in prison for stealing police-issued firearms from his colleagues’ lockers in the...

Sentencing of Major Drug Kingpin - November 15, 2012

On November 15, 2012, Bernard Moultrie was sentenced to 35 years in prison for his leading role in a major drug-trafficking organization, as well as the murder of a competing...

129th Street Crew - November 04, 2012

In November 2011, the Office brought indictments against street gangs that terrorized the neighborhood surrounding West 129th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues were indicted on conspiracy and guns-related charges....

Conviction of Major Powder Cocaine Drug Kingpin - February 29, 2012

On February 29, 2012, Ceferino Perez, a/k/a “Papo,” one of the principal dealers of powder cocaine in New York City, was sentenced to 20 years-to-life in prison after pleading guilty...

137th Street Crew - November 29, 2011

In February 2011, 14 members of a young gun and drug crew were indicted for crack cocaine and terrorizing the area around 137th Street in Harlem. The 137th Street Crew,...

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Petr Murmylyuk Sentenced to 3-to-9 Years in Prison for Generating Fraudulent Tax Returns with Stolen IDs - March 19, 2014

On March 19, 2014 Petr Murmylyuk was sentenced to 3-to-9 years prison for submitting phony tax returns in the names of hundreds of victims to the Internal Revenue Service to...

Robert Giuliano Sentenced to 4-to-8 Years in Prison for Defrauding Clients and Employees - March 19, 2014

On March 19, 2014, Robert Giuliano was sentenced to 4-to-8 years in prison for defrauding clients, employees, friends, and acquaintances out of thousands of dollars through a Ponzi scheme involving...

Western Express Cybercriminals Convicted at Trial Sentenced to Significant State Prison Time - August 08, 2013

On August 8, 2013, Douglas Latta was sentenced to 22-to-44 years in state prison in connection to the eight-year-long investigation and prosecution of a cybercrime ring that extended from the...

Leader of ID Theft Criminal Enterprise that Recruited Waiters at High-End Restaurants Sentenced to up to 13 Years in Prison - March 13, 2013

On March 13, 2013, Luis “Damian” Jacas, a/k/a Damien Jaces, a/k/a “DJ” was sentenced to 4½-to-13½  years in state prison for directing and overseeing an organized criminal credit card forgery and...

Leader of Massive Check Fraud Ring Sentenced to 3-to-9 Years in Prison - September 25, 2012

On September 25, 2012, Joel Luciano, a ringleader of a well-organized check fraud ring responsible for stealing at least $450,000 from more than 90 accounts at TD Bank, was sentenced to...

"S3" Cybercrime Ring Members Convicted and Sentenced - June 21, 2012

On June 21, 2012, Shaheed Bilal, a/k/a "Sha," the leader of the "S3" cybercrime ring was sentenced, along with 15 other members of “S3,” a credit card forgery and identity theft...

Two Defendants Plead Guilty in ATM "Skimming" Case - June 11, 2012

On June 11, 2012, Nikolai Ivanov and Dimitar Stamatov were sentenced to 3-to-9 years in prison for using illegal “skimming” devices planted on ATM machines in Manhattan to steal the debit...

“S3” Cybercrime Ring - February 01, 2011

On February 2, 2011, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced the indictments of 27 individuals in connection with “S3,” a credit card forgery and identity theft ring based in Brooklyn...

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Taye Elleby Sentenced to 10 2/3-to-32 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking - February 05, 2014

On February 5, 2014, Taye Elleby was sentenced to 10 2/3 to 32 years in prison. On December 16, 2013, he was convicted by a jury of Sex Trafficking for...

William Davila Sentenced to 19-Years-to-Life in Prison for Fatally Stabbing His Estranged Wife - January 09, 2014

On January 9, 2014, William Davila was sentenced to 19-years-to-life in state prison for fatally stabbing his estranged wife in an SUV parked on Essex Street in May 2008. On...

David Mitchell Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Raping a Woman in Central Park - October 16, 2013

On October 16, 2013, David Mitchell was sentenced to 30 years in state prison and ten years of post-release supervision for raping a 73-year-old woman in Central Park in 2012;...

Jonathan Stewart Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Raping a Woman in Hudson River Park - September 30, 2013

On September 30, 2013, Jonathan Stewart was sentenced to 35 years in prison and 25 years of post-release supervision after the defendant pleaded guilty on September 9, 2013, to Rape...

Nicholas Brooks Sentenced for Murdering His Girlfriend Sylvie Cachay in December 2010 - September 23, 2013

On July 11, 2013, Nicholas Brooks was convicted by a jury of Murder in the Second Degree for strangling and drowning his girlfriend, Sylvie Cachay, in December 2010. As proven...

Leon "Sean" Brown Sentenced to 10-to-20 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking - September 16, 2013

On September 16, 2013, Leon Brown a/k/a Sean Brown was sentenced to 10-to-20 years in state prison for forcing a teenage girl to work as a prostituted woman and violating...

Reynaldo Lebron Sentenced to 18-Years-to-Life in Prison for Murdering Wife - June 27, 2013

On June 27, 2013, Reynaldo Lebron was sentenced to 18-years-to-life in prison for fatally shooting his estranged wife in front of their three children on May 27, 2010. Lebron pleaded...

Edward Demirdjian Sentenced to 25-Years-to-Life in Prison for Domestic Violence Murder - April 23, 2013

On April 23, 2013, Edward Demirdjian was sentenced to 25-years-to-life in prison for fatally shooting his daughter’s mother, Sherra Morganstern, while she slept in her East Harlem apartment on July...

Donnell Baines Sentenced to 50 Years for Operating Sex-Trafficking Ring out of Upper East Side Apartment - April 01, 2013

On April 1, 2013, Donnell Baines was sentenced to 50 years in state prison for operating a sex-trafficking ring out of his Upper East Side Apartment. On October 24, 2012,...

Michael Kenny Sentenced to 25 Years-to-Life for Fatally Stabbing His Wife in Midtown Hair Salon Where She Worked - March 28, 2013

On March 28, 2013, Michael Kenny was sentenced to 25 years-to-life in prison for fatally stabbing his wife in a hair salon in Midtown. On March 8, 2013, a jury...

Rapist Who Posed As Neighborhood Watch Volunteer Sentenced to 20 Years in State Prison - March 12, 2013

On March 12, 2013, Ivan Ramos was sentenced to 20 years in state prison and 20 years of post-release supervision for sexually assaulting a woman in the exterior stairwell of...

Renato Seabra Sentenced to 25 Years-to-Life for Murder of Carlos Castro - December 21, 2012

On December 21, 2012, Renato Seabra was sentenced to 25 years-to-life in state prison for the 2011 murder of Carlos Castro in a Times Square hotel room. On November 30,...

Raul Barrera Sentenced to 25 Years-to-Life for Murdering his 23-Year-Old Ex-Girlfriend Sarah Coit - November 13, 2012

On November 13, 2012, Raul Barrera was sentenced to 25 years-to-life in state prison for murdering 23 year-old Sarah Coit in her Lower East Side apartment at approximately 2:00 A.M....

Convicted Rapist Sentenced to 78 Years-to-Life - September 11, 2012

On September 11, 2012, Marquis Phillips was sentenced to 78-years-to life in state prison for robbing a woman in an elevator before dragging her into the stairwells of her apartment...

Vincent Heyward Sentenced to 428 Years-to-Life for Series of Violent Sexual Attacks on Five Women in 2009 - December 12, 2011

On December 12, 2011, Vincent Heyward was sentenced to 428 years-to-life in prison after he was convicted at trial for a series of violent sexual attacks on five women in...

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Richard Paul Sentenced to 6-to-18 Years Prison for Stealing More Than $2.6 Million from Estates of Deceased Individuals - March 06, 2014

On November 13, 2013 Richard Paul, the former bookkeeper for the Kings County Public Administrator’s Office, was convicted of stealing more than $2.6 million from the estates of individuals who...

Carlos Silva Sentenced to 2-to-6 Years Prison for Embezzling $1.4 Million From Broker-Dealer Firm - February 26, 2014

On February 26, 2014 Carlos Silva was sentenced to 2-to-6 years prison for stealing more than $1.4 million from his former employer, Fator Securities LLC, by manipulating the firm’s accounting...

Vilma Bautista Sentenced to 2-to-6 Years Prison for Tax Fraud Involving Valuable Art By Claude Monet and Others - January 13, 2014

On January 13, 2014 Vilma Bautista was sentenced to 2-to-6 years prison for illegally conspiring to possess and sell valuable works of art acquired by former First Lady of the...

Securities Fraud and Ponzi Schemer Sentenced to 4-to-12 Years in Prison - July 01, 2013

On July 1, 2013, Steven Bingaman was sentenced to 4-to-12 years in state prison for stealing nearly $2 million from 18 victims of a securities fraud and Ponzi scheme. On July...

Craigslist Scammer Sentenced to 3-to-9 Years in Prison for Stealing from More Than 40 Victims - June 26, 2013

On June 26, 2013, Michael Tammaro was sentenced to 3-to-9 years in state prison for stealing nearly $200,000 from more than 40 victims through a Craigslist apartment scam. On February 7,...

Attorney and Former Fugitive Pleads Guilty to Stealing Millions from Clients - October 17, 2012

On October 17, 2012, Douglas Arntsen was sentenced to 4-to-12 years in state prison and ordered to pay restitution for embezzling more than $10 million from two clients of the...

Four Defendants Found Guilty For Defrauding Columbia University Out of $5.7 Million - August 07, 2012

On August 7, 2012, George Castro, Walter Stephens, and Jeremy Dieudonne were convicted of defrauding Columbia University out of approximately $5.7 million and transferring the funds into accounts for their...

Abacus Federal Savings Bank Indicted In Large Scale Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy - May 31, 2012

On May 31, 2012, Abacus Federal Savings Bank and eleven of its former employees were indicted in a false document mortgage fraud scheme resulting in the sale of hundreds of millions...

Brian Kim Pleads Guilty to Running a $6 Million Ponzi Scheme - March 16, 2012

On March 16, 2012, Brian Kim pleaded guilty to running a Ponzi scheme that resulted in the theft of approximately $6 million from at least 45 victims, and for stealing $435,000 from...

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