2018-02-14 / Front Page

Reputed Gang Member Sentenced To 13 1/2 Years In Prison For Murder

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced on February 8 that a reputed member of the Sureño 13 street gang has been sentenced to prison for the fatal shooting of a 38-year-old Elmhurst man following a verbal argument in May 2015, in Jackson Heights.

District Attorney Brown said, “In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted that he intentionally took the life of another person and used a gun to settle a petty dispute. His actions revealed a total disregard for human life and he must be punished for this senseless killing. The lengthy term of incarceration imposed by the court today is more than warranted.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Raul Zamora, 33, of Jackson Heights. Zamora pleaded guilty last month to first-degree manslaughter before Queens Supreme Court Judge Deborah Stevens Modica who imposed the sentence of 13 1/2 years in prison to be followed by 5 years of post-release supervision.

DA Brown said that, according to the charges, Zamora, aided by and acting in concert with co-defendant Isaac Martinez, 35, and an unapprehended other, shot Jorge Manzanarez, 38, once in the chest following a verbal argument at the intersection of Whitney and Roosevelt Avenues on the afternoon of May 5, 2015. Manzanarez was taken to a local Queens hospital where he died later that day.

Defendant Martinez pleaded guilty last year to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison and 5 years of post-release supervision.

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