Coram father, son sentenced in kidnapping

Latif Davis, 22, left, and his father Sheldon

Latif Davis, 22, left, and his father Sheldon Davis, 40, both of Coram, are escorted from the Sixth Precinct in Selden for arraignment in Central Islip Criminal Court. (Credit: James Carbone)

A 22-year-old man is heading for prison, but his father expects to go free because of jail time he's served since police nabbed the pair on kidnapping charges last year.

Suffolk County Supreme Court Judge Richard Ambro Friday sentenced Latif Davis, 22, to 3 1/2 years in prison on a gun possession charge and gave Sheldon Davis, 41, a one-year jail term for grand larceny.

Authorities had alleged the two family members, who they said lived on the same street in Coram, abducted a 24-year-old man in November in Middle Island.


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According to Suffolk police, Coram resident Goseph Ibrahim had said he felt what he believed was a gun to the back of his head after the men got into his car, making him drive them around for almost two hours after one threatened to shoot him.

The victim said the strangers were drinking alcohol, and even offered him a shot of liquor, while forcing him to give them a ride.

Authorities said Ibrahim got away and called 911 after the pair got out of his car to go into a bodega on Middle Country Road in Coram. Police said they arrested the Davises at the store, also seizing two handguns and crack from the younger man.

Both men had agreed to plead guilty before Friday's sentencing. Ambro denied defense attorney Matthew Rosenblum's bid for a one-week bail release for Latif Davis before prison.

Sheldon Davis' lawyer, Harrison Edwards, said later that his client probably would get out of jail Friday because of credit for time he's spent there since his arrest.

Ibrahim wasn't in court and couldn't be reached by phone Friday. Assistant District Attorney Sona Sullivan declined to comment after the hearings and a spokesman from her office didn't respond to a message.

Rosenblum said his client had been carrying a gun for protection because a bullet had grazed his face in a separate incident.

"This is a lad who's had a tough life. I have a huge hope for him in the future," he said.

Sheldon Davis' lawyer said his client is hoping to find a job when he gets out of jail. The judge ordered the father to stay away from the victim.

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