Flatbush man gets 15 years to life for crushing father of three under his own truck
A Flatbush man who tried to rob a 63-year-old business owner’s truck for drug money and then dragged his body underneath it had to endure the tear-filled expressions of his victim’s family before he was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on Wednesday.
Joshua Colon, 26, sat with his head down in Brooklyn Supreme Court as his victim’s daughter addressed him with a red face.
“Mr. Colon should go home when my father comes home,” Marie Dellegrazie said, pausing to catch her breath. “I will never have a father to walk me down the aisle. There’s no father-daughter dance.”
The man with roughly 30 prior arrests said it was never his intention to kill the father of three, Felize Dellegrazie when he stole his company truck on April 4, 2016.
“My intentions were to steal the vehicle due to my drug addiction,” Colon admitted in court. “My mom and dad taught me better than this.”
His honesty was not enough for Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog, who swiftly sentenced the man to the promised sentence after he previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
For the Dellegrazie family, the sentence came up short.
“He should never enjoy another day of life,” Marie Dellegrazie read from a letter written by her brother.
Colon’s family sniffled and kept their heads down while the daughter read through the statements.
In front of the Italian immigrant’s business, A&D Ironworks at 304 24th St. in Greenwood, Colon hopped into a crane-adorning truck out front and tried to drive off with it last April, according to court documents.
Dellegrazie chased him down in an SUV until Colon got blocked by traffic. When Dellegrazie climbed on the side of the truck to get the thief out, they began to fight and the victim fell under the truck. He was killed instantly when Colon crushed his head and dragged his body along the street.
Colon fled the truck and was arrested later when trying to steal another vehicle.
Defense Attorney Mitchell Elman had no statement to make to follow the Dellegrazie family remarks other than to ask the judge for the promised sentence.
As he was escorted out of the courtroom, Colon’s family got the last words in as, “Love you, Josh!” rang out into the air.
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