Bronx man sentenced in shooting of Freeport man

A Bronx man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a Freeport man early last year during a robbery attempt was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison Thursday, prosecutors said.

Jazz Murphy, 19, of the Bronx, was sentenced by Nassau County Court Judge Meryl Berkowitz in the Jan. 13 2013 slaying in Hempstead. Murphy pleaded guilty in May of one count of second-degree murder.

"This case is another example of the tragic result of gun violence in our neighborhoods, and how the criminal actions of one individual can impact the lives of so many," Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a statement. "Because of the choices made by this defendant, a father, brother, and son is lost to his family forever."


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Murphy's attorney, Maureen McBride of Mineola, could not be reached for comment.

The shooting incident occurred Jan. 13, 2013 shortly after 8 p.m. near Linden Avenue and Linden Place in Hempstead, when Murphy shot the victim, Leonard Thames, 34, once in the back and head. Police said Murphy was trying to rob Thames and shot him without getting anything from him.

Murphy ran from the scene was quickly arrested by Hempstead police officers, one of whom spotted him discarding the weapon, police said. Thames was pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre at 8:40 p.m.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the length of the prison sentence.

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