Monday 26 October, 2020

Man convicted of Jamaican-born lawyer's death in New York

A jury in a court in New York, USA, has found a man guilty of the death of a Jamaican-born lawyer who was a former legal aide to New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo.

Carey Gabay, 43, who also served as a senior legal counsel at a state economic development agency, was killed during the Caribbean J'ouvert celebration in New York on Labour Day in 2015.

Despite efforts by the prosecution to secure a murder conviction, the jurors reached a second-degree manslaughter conviction against Kenny Bazile, 33, in the Brooklyn Supreme Court on Thursday.

Bazile, of Brooklyn, New York, was also convicted of criminal possession of a weapon.

He faces up to 15 years in jail on the manslaughter charge.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 12, but his lawyer has indicated that an appeal is pending.

A turf war among rival gangsters was reportedly behind the shooting of Gabay, who just happened to have found himself in the middle of a gunfight.

The Jamaican was struck in the head by a bullet, and was taken to hospital, where he died a week later.

Bazile is among six men who have been charged with Gabay's murder.

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