By Naeisha Rose
A jury found two men from Jamaica guilty in the 2015 shooting murder of a Bronx man last week.
On Aug. 15, Neon Osouna and Brandon Williams were convicted after a two-week trial. They were charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
On Dec. 26, 2015, Donald Reed, 35, was at a party at the Smoke House club in South Jamaica with some friends, according to trial testimony.
At 6:30 a.m., his friends left the establishment, located at Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, to go to a bodega a few blocks away and he followed them a few minutes later, according to the testimony.
Osouna, the owner of the Smoke Shop, and Williams, a bouncer at the club, followed Reed after he caught up with his group of friends at the bodega and moments later shot the 35-year-old, who had a firearm on him, according to the testimony.
Reed was shot four times and succumbed to his injuries at Jamaica Hospital, according to authorities.
“A 35-year-old father was gunned down in the early morning hours in a residential neighborhood,” said Brown. “This is yet another example of the senseless gun violence that has plagued our community.”
The Queens DA’s office has no information as to why the defendants followed Reed and shot him, according to a spokeswoman.
Both men, who refer to each other as cousins, face up to 25 years to life in prison at their Sept. 26 sentencing, according to the DA’s office.
Queens Criminal Court Judge Michael Aloise, who presided at the trial, will set the sentence for the defendants.
“Both men now face a lengthy term of incarceration for this deadly shooting,” said Brown.
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