By Sadef Ali Kully
A young man was convicted last week of the 2012 assault of the older brother of a New York Giants wide receiver, who was beaten to the ground and shot once in the head, the Queens district attorney said.
A jury found 26-year-old Lonnie Miller of 119th Avenue in St. Albans guilty of first-degree assault, following a four-week-long trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Stephen Knopf.
“This was a brazen act of violence that could have been deadly. The defendant stood over the victim, pulled out a gun and fired directly into the man’s head. His actions warrant a lengthy prison sentence to punish the defendant and to protect the public,” said DA Richard Brown.
Last year’s trial on the charges ended in a mistrial after a medical doctor who testified in the case said he did not have complete access to all the medical records, Brown said.
According to trial testimony, Miller and an unapprehended male attacked the victim, Calvin Ogletree, then 26, and beat him to the ground. Miller then stood over the victim, pulled a .25 caliber handgun from his waistband and fired once into the right side of Ogletree’s head, prosecutors said.
The incident took place in front of a luxury car rental shop, Calli Exotic Car Rental, which Ogletree had opened in 2011, according to court records.
Ogletree, the older brother of Giants wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove fragments of the bullet from his brain. He is still suffering residual effects from the shooting, according to the criminal complaint.
Kevin Ogletree, 27, was named the Daily News Player of the Year in 2005 for his record performance with Holy Cross High School in Flushing.
Miller faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced June 15.
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