DA Vance: Steven Murray Sentenced to 35 Years-to-Life in Prison for Fatal Shooting in Harlem


November 2, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of STEVEN MURRAY, 31, to 35 years-to-life in state prison for shooting and killing his 13-year-old half-sister and wounding his mother inside their Harlem apartment. On October 19, 2015, the defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to all the charges in the indictment against him, including Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Murder in the First and Second Degrees, Assault in the First Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. 

“This defendant executed a defenseless, sleeping child with a handgun,” said District Attorney Vance. “After murdering his sister, Steven Murray attempted to shoot and kill his own mother, and could have hurt countless others after he fled, if not for the intervention of the police officers who apprehended him. 

“Police officers and prosecutors cannot fight gun violence alone. No matter how many weapons are taken off the street, guns continue to make their way into the hands of those who will use them to inflict pain on others. Ending gun violence must be a national priority, as much as a local one.”

As admitted in the defendant’s guilty plea, MURRAY was staying with his mother and half-sister at their apartment in Harlem when, at approximately 3:30 a.m. on April 24, 2012, the defendant fatally shot Annie Fryar with a .22-caliber pistol as she slept on a daybed in the living room. When his mother rushed into the room, MURRAY fired two additional shots, striking his mother in the head and hand. 

The defendant fled the apartment and was identified a short time later by police officers near West 155th Street and Harlem River Drive. When confronted, MURRAY refused to surrender his weapon and fired at least one shot at police officers before they were able to subdue him. 

Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Armand Durastanti, Chief of Trial Bureau 40, and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. 

Defendant Information:

STEVEN MURRAY, D.O.B 12/20/1983
New York, NY

Convicted:

  • Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, 1 count
  • Attempted Murder in the First Degree, a class A felony, 2 counts
  • Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Assault in the First Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 2 counts

Sentenced:

  • 35 years-to-life in state prison

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