A Nassau judge Monday sentenced a man to 20 years in prison for a 2014 fatal stabbing in Uniondale, according to court officials.
In January, a jury found Raymond Wade, 25, of Hempstead, guilty of manslaughter in the death of Ramone Green, 23, of Long Beach. The panel also acquitted him of murder.
But Wade’s lawyer said after Monday’s sentencing that his client has “legitimate issues for an appeal” of the conviction.
Police said at the time of Wade’s arrest that he and another man stabbed Green in the neck outside a Jerusalem Avenue business on Feb. 7, 2014. Authorities also said then that evidence against Wade included video surveillance footage.
But defense attorney Greg Madey said Monday there was “no evidence that Raymond Wade knew the other man was going to stab the victim.” He said his client was found guilty of acting in concert with a second man, whose face was hidden by a hood, as that man wielded the weapon during the attack.
Madey said a second suspect wasn’t arrested or charged, but Wade had given authorities the name of the man he claimed had stabbed Green.
After the verdict, Wade got an affidavit from the man he claimed did the stabbing, whom he met up with in jail when the man was there on an unrelated case, his lawyer said. The document, which wasn’t notarized, said that man had stabbed Green in self-defense, according to Madey.
But the defense attorney said authorities later discounted the affidavit.
Brendan Brosh, a spokesman for the Nassau district attorney’s office said Monday that the defense “had an opportunity to present these theories at trial, but a jury rejected them and rightfully convicted the defendant of manslaughter.”
Wade, who is related to the victim through a family marriage, insisted on his innocence in a letter he sent Newsday in which he claimed law enforcement officials were looking for “revenge” because he “beat a case in 2010.”
Police had arrested Wade in 2010 on a second-degree murder charge, alleging he fired three bullets into the stomach of a Queens man during a Uniondale party.
Court files don’t show a record of a conviction for Wade in that case and Madey said it never went to trial.