A 31-year-old Flatbush man has been sentenced to 23 years to life in prison for fatally shooting another Flatbush man following a fight inside a neighborhood bodega nearly two years ago, announced Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Wednesday, January 4.
According to trial testimony, at around 2:40 p.m. on January 27, 2015, the defendant – Herman Lancaster – fired his gun eight times, striking the victim – 42-year-old Kerwin Craigwell – once in the back after an argument inside Adrian Deli & Grocery on Nostrand Avenue.
The shooting started inside the store and the unarmed victim was struck on the sidewalk after slipping on snow, according to evidence.
“This defendant fired off a barrage of bullets in broad daylight and only by sheer luck no one else was injured on that busy street,” said Gonzalez. “He has now been held accountable for senselessly taking a man’s life.”
Lancaster, who was apprehended minutes after the incident during a canvass of the area and identified by an eyewitness, was convicted last month on one count of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon after a non-jury trial.