A Wyandanch man has been sentenced to three years in prison for firing a handgun inside a North Babylon LA Fitness in December after slashing a teenager during a gym altercation, Suffolk prosecutors said Tuesday.
Noah Haynes, 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon in front of Judge Anthony S. Senft Jr., prosecutors said in a news release.
He also pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment and was sentenced to one to three years in prison for that offense, prosecutors said.
“This defendant decided that violence was the best way to win a dispute with his victim and he acted on his violent impulse in a crowded public area which put others in danger,” said Suffolk District Attorney Ray Tierney in a statement. “This type of behavior will not be tolerated in Suffolk County and the consequence of his reckless actions is upstate prison time.”
Haynes and a 17-year-old male engaged in a verbal confrontation on Dec. 21 that began inside the LA Fitness and continued into the parking lot after gym employees asked them to leave, police said.
Haynes then came back to the Deer Park Avenue gym and slashed the boy with a metal object in the locker room, according to police and prosecutors. He then pulled out a Glock .380 firearm inside the gym and was wrestled to the ground by several people including a retired NYPD detective, authorities said. Haynes fired a shot toward the ground and the weapon was taken away, prosecutors said.
Suffolk police eventually determined the weapon had a magazine with 12 rounds, prosecutors said.
Haynes’ lawyer, Natasja Bellinger of West Islip, declined to comment Tuesday night.