2013-04-10 / Front Page

LIC Teenager Sentenced To 13 Years In Prison For Manslaughter In Xmas Stabbing

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced on April 10 that a 19-year-old Long Island City woman has been sentenced to thirteen years in prison for the fatal stabbing of a 29-year-old man outside the 21st Street-Queensbridge subway station on Christmas Eve 2009.
 
District Attorney Brown said, “While the defendant has now been held accountable for her criminal actions, the holidays, regrettably, will now forever be a painful reminder for the victim’s family of the loss they suffered at her hands.  Hopefully, they can take some consolation in the fact that justice has been served.”
 
The District Attorney identified the defendant as Cyan Brown, 19, of 40-15 12th Street in the Long Island City section of Queens.  Ms. Brown pleaded guilty in February to first-degree manslaughter before Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory L. Lasak who imposed today’s sentence of 13 years in prison.
 
District Attorney Brown said that, in pleading guilty, the defendant admitted that she stabbed Thomas Winston, 29, also of Long Island City, once in the upper torso, piercing his heart,  following a verbal altercation on the night of December 24, 2009.  The incident occurred outside a fast food restaurant located above the 21st Street-Queensbridge subway station, which is at 41st Avenue and 21st Street.  Ms. Brown exited the restaurant with the knife she had been carrying and the victim, seeing the knife, backed up but slipped on the snow and fell.  At that point, Ms. Brown jumped on him and stabbed him once before fleeing into the subway.
 
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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