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Man Gets 50 Years For 2018 Fatal Shooting Of Homeless Man


(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the sentencing of a Bay Shore man to 50 years to life in prison for fatally shooting a man in Central Islip in November 2018.

Enrique Vega Jr., 48, of Bay Shore, was convicted by a jury on July 12 of Murder in the Second Degree, an A felony; two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a C violent felony; and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a B felony.

“Vega shot the victim six times in the middle of the street, not only killing the victim but endangering the lives of several bystanders,” District Attorney Sini said. “He is likely going to spend the rest of his life in prison for this senseless, cold-blooded murder. With today’s sentence, justice was served by Assistant District Attorneys Laura Newcombe and Dan Cronin.”

At approximately 12:52 a.m. on Nov. 26, 2018, Vega shot and killed Michael Evans, 54, who was undomiciled, on Suffolk Avenue in Central Islip in connection with an alleged drug debt. Video surveillance shows that Vega fired six shots at Evans using a handgun, which he possessed illegally. Evans’ body was found by responding police officers from the Suffolk County Police Department’s Third Precinct and he was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

Following an investigation by the Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad, Vega was arrested for the murder on Dec. 3, 2018. Upon his arrest, Vega was found in possession of approximately 12.8 grams of crack cocaine.

Vega’s trial began on July 9 and the jury returned a verdict of guilty on July 12.

Vega was sentenced today by Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Timothy Mazzei to 25 years to life in prison on the Murder charge; 15 years in prison on each of the Criminal Possession of a Weapon charges, to run concurrent to each other and consecutive to the other counts; and 10 years in prison on the charge of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance to run consecutive to the other counts, for a total of 50 years to life in prison.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Laura Newcombe, of the Homicide Bureau, and Daniel Cronin, of the Vehicular Crimes Bureau, with assistance from Assistant District Attorney Daryl Levy, of the Homicide Bureau.


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Drops Out Of Presidential Race

NYT - Kirsten Gillibrand Drops Out Of Democratic Presidential Race

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who presented herself in the presidential race as a champion of women and families, said Wednesday that she was withdrawing from the Democratic primary after failing to qualify for a third debate next month — a development she described as fatal to her candidacy.

Ms. Gillibrand said in an interview that she would endorse another candidate in the primary but had not yet picked a favorite. Though she stopped short of saying she would endorse a woman, Ms. Gillibrand, who has made electing women to Congress a personal cause, said the next president had to be capable of uniting the country and suggested that a woman might be best suited for the job. Read article


State Police Still Investigating 1986 Homicide Of Carolyn Smith

Cold Case Tuesday: State Police continue the search for the suspect in a 1986 homicide.

State Police in Brentwood continue to investigate the homicide of Carolyn Smith.

On Friday, March 07, 1986, the New York State Police were alerted to a body by a tow truck operator looking for a disabled vehicle, eastbound on the Southern State Parkway, east of 5thAve in Bayshore.  The tow operator observed the body of an African American female lying in the snow in a wooded area just off the south shoulder of the Parkway.
The preliminary investigation revealed the victim was Carolyn Smith, 29 years old, from 98 Orange Street, Central Islip, NY.  Carolyn Smith was the victim of a homicide, she had been stabbed multiple times.
Interviews at the time determined Smith was employed by Digital Equipment Corporation in New York City and would commute to work in a 1985 white Ford LTD station wagon.  Smith was last seen the previous night, March 06, 1986, at an apartment of a co-worker in the Bronx, NY.  Smith left the apartment at approximately 11:00PM and was heading to Newark Airport.
On April 08, 1986, Smith’s Ford station wagon was located at the Taft Housing Projects, 114thStreet and Park Ave, Manhattan, NY.
Numerous interviews and hundreds of leads have been followed over the past 33 years.  The investigation is still active.
Carolyn Smith was described as 5’07, 142 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.  Carolyn was the mother of two young children.  She was known to frequent Huntington Station, as well as NYC.  The investigation is ongoing and the State Police are requesting that anyone who may have information concerning this investigation to call (631)-756-3300.  Calls can remain confidential.

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