Murder conviction for Uniondale man

Grady Hampton of Uniondale, pictured here, was convicted Grady Hampton of Uniondale, pictured here, was convicted Sept. 23, 2009, of murder in the Dec. 18, 2007, shooting of Kareem Sapp, also of Uniondale. Photo Credit: SCPD

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A Uniondale man was convicted of murder Wednesday, almost two years after police said he shot a man who had previously had an affair with his girlfriend.

A jury found Grady Hampton, 23, guilty of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the December 2007 shooting of Kareem Sapp, 19, of Uniondale, who had come to Hampton's house to give Hampton's girlfriend a ride.

Hampton faces up to 25 years to life in prison when Judge Jerald Carter sentences him Oct. 29.

"This defendant is a cold-blooded murderer, and that is what the jury found today," Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in an interview Wednesday afternoon. "The way he killed this young man was cowardly and incredibly violent, and he deserves to do every day of the maximum sentence."

Prosecutors said Sapp, an aspiring auto mechanic, drove to Hampton's house Dec. 18, 2007, after Hampton's girlfriend called him for a ride to class. Previously, she and Sapp had had an affair, and Hampton knew it, prosecutors said.

Sapp had arrived at Hampton's home and was moving clothing from his car seat so the woman could sit down, when Hampton came out of the house and fired six shots at point-blank range from a 9-mm. handgun, hitting Sapp three times in the chest, spine and buttocks, prosecutors said.

Sapp died in Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, police said.

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Hampton, who had been a teacher aide at SCO Family of Services in Sea Cliff, where he worked with developmentally disabled children, was arrested in July 2008 after an extensive investigation, prosecutors said.

His first trial on murder charges ended in March in a hung jury.

Hampton's lawyer, Joseph LoPiccolo of Garden City, could not be reached for comment after the verdict.

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