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Pennsylvanian gets 50 years in Flushing murder

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FLUSHING — A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison last week for the 2011 kidnapping and murder of a Flushing man, and the kidnapping of the victim’s 80-year-old mother, according to the Queens district attorney.

Domingo Mateo, 24, was convicted in Queens Supreme Court last month of second-degree murder, kidnapping and burglary after he waited near the downtown Flushing apartment of 33-year-old Thomas Shanis May 3, 2011 and stabbed him and his dog, Sampson, according to the DA.

Shanis bled to death after Mateo tied him up. The Pennsylvania man also tied up Shanis’ mother and demanded money, the DA said.

Mateo had an alleged accomplice, Juan Mejia, who was indicted and currently awaiting trial, the DA said. The dog survived

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