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A Kew Gardens Hills man was sentenced for a robbery attempt that resulted in murder, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Russhawn Lindsay, 36, was found guilty of second-degree murder, first-degree attempted robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was sentenced to 24 years to life in prison.

According to charges, Lindsay conspired with the girlfriend of the victim, Michael Jonathan, and an unapprehended suspect to have Jonathan robbed. On March 26, 2015, Lindsay confronted Jonathan at gunpoint on Fonda Avenue in Jamaica, demanding cash.

When Jonathan resisted, both men struggled for the gun. Lindsay then fatally shot Jonathan in the stomach.

The victim’s girlfriend has been indicted and her case is pending.

“A jury weighed all the evidence and found the defendant guilty of multiple crimes, including murder. This was a senseless act of violence,” said  Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “The defendant — driven by greed and avarice — thought he had an easy robbery target. Instead, a tense confrontation escalated into a needless shooting with an innocent man dead. The defendant now faces a lengthy term of incarceration.”


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