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Brooklyn judge postpones sentencing for man with action-packed crime path

July 19, 2017 By Paul Frangipane Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Clinton Lawson stood before Judge ShawnDya Simpson in Brooklyn Supreme Court as she adjourned his sentencing for more than a month. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane
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A Queens man who went on a crime spree of carjacking, ramming and shooting in Crown Heights, had his sentencing postponed on Wednesday so that the judge could give his victims a chance to testify.

Clinton Lawson stood calm in an orange prison jumpsuit at Brooklyn Supreme Court when he received the news he wouldn’t be sentenced for his acts until the end of August.

Assistant District Attorney Kori Medow told Judge ShawnDya Simpson that multiple victims intended to testify at Lawson’s sentencing but could not make it to court.

In a 29-count indictment, Lawson was charged on Sept. 22, 2014 for first-degree robbery, assault, attempted murder and other charges, according to DA statement.

On July 19, 2014, near Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue in Crown Heights, Lawson began his action-packed day by stealing a 2010 Toyota Corolla at gunpoint, according to the statement.

Lawson then rammed into a 75-year-old man and a parked car. When confronted by the owner of the car, Lawson shot at him but missed. Lawson fled and carjacked another car at gunpoint and drove off.

In the climax of his antics, Lawson broke into an apartment on Sterling Place and fled after being confronted by tenants of the building.

He was arrested outside the building and police found a .25 semi-automatic handgun nearby.

The 75-year-old man received minor injuries.

Lawson is expected to be sentenced on Aug. 30.


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