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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
November 13, 2012

DA VANCE: DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR VIOLENT SUBWAY ASSAULTS

Godfrey Molemohi Convicted by Jury for Attacking Three Strangers In Downtown Subway Station

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of GODFREY MOLEMOHI, 54, to 15 years in state prison, plus 5 years post-release supervision, for attacking three individuals inside the F Subway Station at Second Avenue and East Houston Street. MOLEMOHI was convicted by a jury on June 13, 2011, of two counts of Assault in the First Degree and one count each of Assault in the Third Degree and Attempted Assault in the Third Degree.

“The defendant’s vicious, unprovoked attacks on three strangers were part of a pattern of increasingly violent behavior that started with turnstile jumping misdemeanor convictions, and elevated to violent felony assaults,” said District Attorney Vance. “I thank the jury for their service, and for taking this dangerous individual off the street.”

According to documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court, on September 30, 2010, MOLEMOHI approached a female victim inside the East Houston Street F subway station, and stated, “I want to touch you. I want to touch you.” When the victim, a classically trained, multilingual, mezzo-soprano opera singer, tried to flee, the defendant punched her in the neck, injuring her. MOLEMOHI then approached a second female victim and banged her head against a ceramic-tiled, brick wall. When a man who witnessed this second assault tried to help the second victim, MOLEMOHI slashed him in the face with a box cutter, causing a deep laceration and permanent facial disfigurement.

Assistant District Attorney Jon Veiga, Deputy Unit Chief of the Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, handled the prosecution of this case. District Attorney Vance would like to thank Detectives Jose Graziano and Thomas Smith from the NYPD Manhattan Transit Robbery Squad and Officers Nathan Brown and Jon Kenny from the NYPD Transit Bureau Homeless Outreach Unit for their assistance in the investigation of this criminal matter.

GODFREY MOLEMOHI, D.O.B. 6/28/1958
New York, NY

Convicted:
•    Assault in the First Degree, Class B violent felony, 2 counts
•    Assault in the Third Degree, Class A misdemeanor, 1 count
•    Attempted Assault in the Third Degree, Class B misdemeanor, 1 count

Sentenced:
•    15 years in prison
•    5 years post-release supervision

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