Four Sentenced For Brutal Beating on Lower East Side

Still image from video; May 2010.

Still image from video; May 2010.

Four young people from Yonkers are going to prison for their roles in the brutal beating of a man on the Lower East Side in 2010.  The incident happened following a night of drinking on Ludlow Street; the beatdown occurred at Essex and Rivington streets and was caught on videotape.

In Jauuary, Andrew McCray, Martrell Terrell, Shadia Brackman and Christopher Montanez were convicted on gang assault and assault charges.  Last week, they were sentenced to lengthy prison terms. Terrell and McCray got 15 years; Montanez faces 8 years; Brackman was sentenced to five years.

The victim, Kyam Washington,  suffers permanent hearing loss in one ear due to the beating.  Defense lawyers said their clients were provoked after Washington allegedly stole a piece of jewelry from McCray.  According to the Daily News, Brackman’s attorney, Norman Williams, said, “It’s unfair for a bunch of kids that may have gone a little bit too far to be facing unbelievable amounts of jail time for assaulting a guy who is a bad guy and was in the streets with bad intentions.”  The defense wanted to bring up Washington’s prior arrest history, but the jury was not allowed to hear about his background.

 

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NYFD investigators are back on the scene of that four alarm fire that broke out in a Chinatown grocery store last night. They're trying to figure out what caused the fire that took five hours to control. Seven firefighters suffered minor injuries. See the video via ArtRavels.

The New York Post says a 14 year old was arrested earlier this week for the April 22 beating and robbery of a man near Essex and Delancey. It happened about 5pm. The suspect, and two accomplices, pummeled the victim and stole his phone. The victim's jaw had to be wired shut. All three suspects were arrested.

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