NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 20-year-old Queens man was sentenced to a maximum of life in prison for shooting and killing a man whom he owed money in a South Flushing public housing development.
Malcolm Thompson was sentenced to 25 years to life by Queens Supreme Court Judge Gregory L. Lasask in the October 2010 shooting that killed Laseam Hogan, 27, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office. Thompson was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in August.
Thompson lived in the Pomonok Houses in South Flushing, and was near a development building at 154-01 71st Ave. in Queens Hogan asked him to pay back the $200 he had borrowed months earlier.
Thompson allegedly replied, “I’ll dead you; you ain’t getting (expletive),” prosecutors said.
Hogan was prepared to fight, but kept his hands in his pockets and was about to walk away, prosecutors said. But Thompson shot Hogan in the leg and torso, then stood over him and shot him three more times in the torso after he fell to the ground – killing him, prosecutors said.
“The price that the defendant must now pay to settle what originally had been a minor unpaid debt is of his own doing. The defendant has shown that he had little regard for human life and is deserving of the serious punishment meted out today,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a news release.
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