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Crown Heights man gets 55 years for shooting two victims during robberies

November 30, 2016 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Jovan Frederick was sentenced to 55 years in prison by Justice Raymond Guzman for shooting at two victims in separate robbery attempts in Crown Heights in 2015. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.
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A 34-year-old man from Crown Heights was sentenced to 55 years in prison for firing his gun at two victims during separate robberies in his neighborhood, acting district attorney Eric Gonzalez announced on Wednesday.

Jovan Frederick, 34, was sentenced by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Raymond Guzman to 55 years to life in prison after he was convicted on Aug. 19, 2016 on first-degree robbery, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree attempted robbery and three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon following a jury trial. The defendant was deemed a persistent felony offender based on his numerous prior felony convictions.

“This defendant displayed a callous disregard for human life by robbing and shooting innocent victims,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “With today’s sentence, a clearly dangerous and violent felon will spend many years behind bars where he won’t be able to hurt or terrorize innocent people.”

According to Gonzalez, Frederick approached a 37-year-old man at the corner of Maple Street and Kingston Avenue on Feb. 11, 2015 at 1:40 a.m. The victim dropped approximately $200 and ran, but Frederick fired at the man — and missed — anyway.

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Then, on Feb. 13, 2015 at 1:15 a.m., Frederick demanded money from a 19-year-old victim who was getting her mail at her home on Maple Street. After repeatedly telling Frederick that she had no money, he shot her multiple times at close range and hit her in the abdomen. She was hospitalized for four months and continues to require a tracheotomy to breathe, Gonzalez said.

When police officers searched Frederick’s home on Feb. 15, 2015, they found a 9-mm semiautomatic firearm that contained his DNA. Evidence later showed that it was the same gun he used in the two prior incidents.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Brian Wagner and Thomas Teplitsky, of the District Attorney’s Trial Bureau, Green Zone, under the supervision of David Klestzick, bureau chief.


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