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Man guilty of killing partygoer in Laurelton

KEW GARDENS — A Laurelton man was convicted Tuesday for killing a partygoer and wounding another following an argument at a summer 2007 party in Laurelton, the Queens district attorney said.

Following a two-week trial, a Queens Supreme Court jury found Rhian Taylor, 23, of 133-07 229th St., guilty of several charges, including second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the DA.

Taylor got into a heated argument with Darian Brown, 22, on Aug. 10, 2007, and shot at Brown’s car, killing him and seriously injuring another passenger, the DA said.

Darian Brown planned to go to a party near 133rd Avenue that night, but arrived late and one of Darian Brown’s friends began talking with a woman, DA Brown said. Taylor approached the late partygoers and began harassing them.

One of Taylor’s friends pointed out Darian Brown and handed the 23-year-old a gun, according to the DA. Taylor began firing into Darian’s Dodge Charger, the DA said.

Queens Supreme Court Justice Robert C. McGann scheduled a sentencing date for April 19, where Taylor faces up to 25 years to life in prison, according to Brown.

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