Two gang members have been convicted in connection with the death of a rival whom they lured out of a Coney Island store and shot dead on the street in 2012, announced District Attorney Ken Thompson on Friday, June 17.
According to trial testimony, on December 19, 2012, the defendants – 25-year-old Gregory Ammonds of Brownsville and 39-year-old Kevin Perry of Rockaway Beach, Queens – along with 24-year-old Michael Torres (who has already been convicted and sentenced), shot Henry Dankwah a total of 13 times on West 36th Street between Neptune and Mermaid Avenues.
The three perpetrators, all of whom were members of the “Sex Money Murder” street gang, were arrested in March and April of 2014, following an investigation.
“These violent defendants conspired to shoot and kill a man in the middle of the street,” said Thompson. “We will simply not allow gang members to fire guns in our communities, but will investigate each and every shooting and hold all perpetrators accountable.”
Ammonds and Perry will be sentenced on July 20, at which time they face a maximum sentence of 55 years to life in prison. They were convicted on one count of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Torres was charged with second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison earlier this year.