Hollis man pleads guilty to 2012 murder: DA

HOLLIS — A Hollis man pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for the shooting death of a man in Hollis in 2012, the Queens district attorney said.

Paul Boatwright, 22, of 203rd Street in Hollis entered a guilty plea before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder. Boatwright, who faces up to 25 years in prison, was scheduled to be sentenced March 23.

“The defendant has now admitted to gunning down a man in broad daylight. This is yet another example of the senseless gun violence in our neighborhoods that must end now,” said District Attorney Richard Brown.

According to court records, on Feb. 13, 2012, Boatwright twice shot 30-year-old Jerry Lodvill from Queens Village. Police discovered Lodvill outside of Hollis Wine & Liquors on 204-13 Hollis Ave., across from Hollis Playground park and near an elementary school. Lodvill was taken by EMS to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, according to court records.

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