2013-02-13 / Features

Two Queens Gang Members Each Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison For Fatal Shooting

Victim Killed By Stray Bullet While Walking Home From School, Second Teen Struck By Stray Bullet While Working At Car Wash

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced today that two members of the Crips
street gang have each been sentenced to 50 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old student
and the wounding of a 17-year-old car wash employee, both of whom were innocent bystanders struck
by gunfire during an October 2009 altercation between the Crips and a rival Bloods street gang.
District Attorney Brown said, “Without the slightest regard for human life, the defendants
recklessly turned the streets of Queens County into a deadly battleground that claimed the life of an
innocent young student walking home from school and wounded a second hard-working teenager. The
lengthy prison sentence imposed today is more than justified and sends a strong message to others who
might think of resorting to gunfire to settle disputes.”
The District Attorney identified the defendants as Gregory Calas, 21, of 228th Street in St. Albans,
and Nnonso Ekwegbalu, 19, of 183rd Street in Springfield Gardens, both in Queens. The defendants were
convicted last November following a six-week jury trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory
L. Lasak, who imposed today’s determinate sentence of 50 years in prison for each defendant.
Calas was convicted of first-degree manslaughter, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree
assault, second-degree assault and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Ekwegbalu – whose
case was heard by a separate jury – was convicted of first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault,
second-degree assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon.
District Attorney Brown said that, according to trial testimony, Calas, acting in concert with
Ekwegbalu, who was also armed and firing a gun, discharged his .380 semi-automatic revolver on
October 2, 2009, at approximately 3:15 p.m., in front of 208-15 Linden Boulevard in Queens, in the
direction of three persons with whom he had just had a physical altercation, and who were fleeing,
unarmed. One of the defendants’ bullets struck 13-year-old Kevin Miller, an innocent bystander, in the
head, killing him. Testimony revealed that additionally, during the altercation, one of the defendants’
bullets struck a second teenager, Pedro Garcia, 17, who was working at a corner car wash. He sustained
a gunshot wound to his left leg, which required him to be treated at a local Queens hospital.
Testimony showed that both Calas and Ekwegbalu were members of the Crips, a violent street
gang, and were involved in an altercation with a rival street gang known as the Bloods. Neither Miller
nor Garcia were gang members or involved in the altercation.
Assistant District Attorney Shawn Clark, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Trials Bureau,
prosecuted the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Brad A. Leventhal, Bureau
Chief, and Jack Warsawsky, Deputy Bureau Chief, and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant
District Attorney for Major Crimes Charles A. Testagrossa and Deputy Executive Assistant District
Attorney for Major Crimes Daniel A. Saunders.

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