Man gets 20 to 40 years in slaying at low-income apartments

July 30, 2018

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison in the shooting death of a New York man at a crime-ridden apartment complex for low-income residents in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice reports that 25-year-old Dominic Jaquariuspa Ray of Wilkes-Barre apologized as he was sentenced Monday on a third-degree murder plea in the slaying of 32-year-old Victor Grandy of Far Rockaway, New York.

Prosecutors said a drug deal gone bad at the Sherman Hills complex escalated into a shooting in October 2016.

Ray said he fired without looking while running away and didn’t intend to hit anyone. Defense attorney Frank McCabe called his actions “reckless” and said he “panicked.”

Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni III said the “heinous nature” of Ray’s actions warranted the maximum term.


Information from: The Citizens’ Voice, http://www.citizensvoice.com

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