Faces 25 Yrs. For Second-Degree Murder
A 37-year-old South Jamaica man has been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his father near the intersection of 143rd Street and 119th Avenue.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown identified the defendant as Anthony Guyton, 37, of 143rd Street in South Jamaica. He is charged with second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second-degree. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
Brown said, “The defendant is accused of patricide–taking the life of his own father. The 55-year-old victim was seated in his vehicle when the defendant allegedly fired a single shot to the man’s chest. The alleged actions of the defendant are totally incomprehensible.”
According to the charges, near 10:25 p.m. on Aug.19 the defendant shot his father, Bruce Langley, 55, of Astoria as he sat in his Chevy Impala just about a block from the defendant’s home.
Moments later, according to the charges, police on patrol in the area saw Guyton holding a 9mm handgun as he stood next to his Dodge Charger, which was near the Chevy Impala. It is alleged that Guyton dropped the gun after police ordered him to and he was arrested. The victim was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
The investigation was conducted by the 113th Precinct Detective Squad.
Assistant District Attorney Briana A. Heymann of the District Attorney’s Homicide Investigations Bureau is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Peter T. Reese, bureau chief, and Peter J. McCormack III, 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.
It was noted that criminal charges are merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.