Gang members sentenced to 25 years to life for murder in Coney Island

Two gang members were sentenced on Wednesday, July 20 to 25 years to life in prison, following their conviction for the cold-blooded murder of a rival gang member in Coney Island.

Defendants Gregory (“Douggie”) Ammonds, 25, of Brownsville and Kevin (“Cheese”) Perry, 40, of Rockaway Beach were both convicted of one count of second-degree murder and two counts of second degree criminal possession of a weapon for their role in the December 19, 2012 shooting murder of Henry Dankwah.

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn D.A. Ken Thompson
Photo courtesy of Brooklyn D.A. Ken Thompson

According to trial testimony and evidence, Dankwah had made threats against Ammonds earlier in the day, after which he entered a store in the vicinity of West 36th Street and Neptune Avenue. Perry then started a conversation with Dankwah inside the store, lured him out of the store and the two proceeded to walk along West 36th Street. Ammonds and another accomplice, Michael (“Mikey”) Torres, 24, of Castle Hill proceeded to sneak up behind the victim from across the street and open fire, striking the victim a total of 13 times.

Torres was charged with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on April 1, 2016.

“These defendants committed a cold-blooded murder by luring a rival and ambushing him from behind. They received a just punishment today for this outrageous act of violence,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.

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.

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