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Brooklyn man sentenced to 25 years to life for fatally shooting teenager

May 29, 2024 Robert Abruzzese, Courthouse Editor
An East New York resident was sentenced to 25-year-to-life for senselessly taking the life of a 16-year-old.
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A 30-year-old resident of East New York was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison for the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old in a shocking and unprovoked attack.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Phyllis Chu announced the sentence of Ralief Bradford on Tuesday. Bradford was previously convicted on March 28, 2024, during a jury trial of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

“Justin Richey was brazenly and senselessly shot to death by this defendant in broad daylight on a Sunday afternoon,” District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said following the sentencing. “Justin was killed just one day after his 16th birthday. I hope today’s sentence brings a measure of solace to his heartbroken family and friends.”

Blake Avenue between Euclid Avenue and Pine Street in East New York, Brooklyn, where 16-year-old Justin Richey was fatally shot on July 15, 2018. Screenshot via Google Street View
Blake Avenue between Euclid Avenue and Pine Street in East New York, Brooklyn, where 16-year-old Justin Richey was fatally shot on July 15, 2018. Screenshot via Google Street View

According to trial testimony, the incident occurred on July 15, 2018, at approximately 5:07 P.M. on Blake Avenue between Euclid Avenue and Pine Street in East New York. 

Bradford, accompanied by two not apprehended individuals, approached Richey and falsely accused him of being a member of a rival gang. They assaulted him, after which Bradford brandished a firearm and shot the teenager three times in the torso. Richey collapsed and was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Bradford was arrested three days later, on July 18, 2018.


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