Brooklyn man sentenced to 35 years for 2014 New Year’s Day Flatbush shooting
Kings County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced on Friday that a 31-year-old Brownsville man was sentenced to 35 years in prison after being convicted earlier this month of one count of second-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault for opening fire outside a Flatbush nightclub on Jan. 1, 2014, firing nine shots and striking two victims.
“This defendant could have easily killed someone when he opened fire outside that nightclub,” said Thompson. “He will now pay a steep price for the mayhem and injuries he caused through his senseless acts of gun violence.”
The district attorney identified the defendant as Donald Munnerlyn, 31, of Marconi Place. He was convicted of one count of second-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault following a jury trial earlier this month before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice. He was sentenced yesterday to 23 years in prison for the attempted murder of Richard Cannon and 12 years in prison for the assault on Yves Edouard. Del Giudice ordered the sentences to run consecutively, and also sentenced the defendant to five years’ post-release supervision.
The district attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on Jan. 1, 2014, at approximately 4:45 a.m., the defendant and one of the victims, Cannon, engaged in a fist fight inside a nightclub called Temptations, located at 2210 Church Ave. in Flatbush. They were separated by security. At approximately 5 a.m., the victim was outside of the club with his friends when the defendant walked up to him and fired nine times. He was shot once in the abdomen and once in the back. An innocent bystander, Edouard, who was waiting in line to enter the club, was shot twice in the right leg.
Furthermore, according to trial testimony, the head of security from the club identified the defendant as the shooter in a surveillance video recovered from the club.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Joshua Lee and Dovid Wolosow, of the District Attorney’s Trial Bureau IV, Green Zone, under the supervision of David Klestzick, Chief.
—Information from the Brooklyn D.A.’s Office