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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
January 24, 2012


13-Year-Old Injured in New Year’s Day Shooting in Parking Dispute

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of MIGUEL PADILLA, 45, to 17 years in state prison for firing a weapon multiple times in East Harlem with the intent to kill. On January 11, 2012, PADILLA pled guilty to Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, and Assault in the Second Degree.

 “Today’s sentencing ensures that a violent and reckless criminal will be off New York City streets,” said District Attorney Vance. “To fire a gun several times into a car filled with people is to act with utter disregard for human life. What started as a petty argument over a parking space could have resulted in tragedy. Gun violence continues to traumatize families, plague neighborhoods, and destroy the futures of countless young men and women.”

According to the guilty plea and documents filed in court, on January 1, 2011, following a dispute over a parking space, PADILLA shot a semiautomatic pistol several times at a man driving a Chevy Impala along East 107th Street with his wife and four-year-old child inside the vehicle. The shots did not strike the intended victim, but instead struck a 13-year-old boy who was a passenger in a minivan parked near the Impala. The gunshots shattered the rear window of the minivan and grazed the victim’s head. The victim was treated and released from the hospital, and has since made a full recovery.

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Searle is handling the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney William Mahoney, Chief of Trial Bureau 60; Assistant District Attorney John Wolfstaetter, Co-Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Unit; and Executive Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman Agnifilo, Chief of the Trial Division. NYPD Sergeant Kristine Gosling and Detectives David Broadwell, Antonio Rivera, Michael Haverty, Thomas Fischer, Felix Cruz, and Rafael Munoz assisted in the investigation.

Defendant Information:

MIGUEL PADILLA, D.O.B. 11/2/1966
Bronx, NY


  • Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class C felony, one count
  • Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, one count


  • 17 years in state prison


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