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Springfield Gardens man charged with hindering prosecution in shooting death of Amir Griffin

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A second man was indicted by a Queens grand jury in connection with the 2019 fatal shooting of 14-year-old Amir Griffin at the Baisley Park Houses in Jamaica.

Tymirh Bey-Foster, 18, of 160th Street in Springfield Gardens, was arraigned Wednesday, Sept. 22, before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder on an indictment charging him with hindering prosecution in the first degree. Bey-Foster allegedly helped the accused shooter, Sean Brown, change his appearance to avoid capture and hid the murder weapon according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

Investigators tracked down Brown in Los Angeles and returned him to Queens where he was indicted on murder charges on Sept. 8. The reputed gang member allegedly sought to shoot and kill a rival on the very same basketball courts when he mistook the high school freshman for his intended target.

According to the charges, Griffin was playing basketball around 8 p.m. on Oct., 26, 2019, when Brown allegedly fired three shots from a .380-caliber handgun in the direction of the basketball courts. Griffin was rushed by EMS to Jamaica Hospital and died a short time later.

According to the indictment, soon after firing the fatal shots, Brown went to the home of Bey-Foster, who allegedly gave Brown a change of clothes to disguise his appearance and offered him a bed after the fatal shooting.

During the investigation Bey-Foster allegedly implied in an intercepted telephone call that he had removed the murder weapon prior to police searching his home, prosecutors said. He allegedly told the person he was speaking with that he hid the firearm inside another gang member’s residence.

“When our children go to the playground, there is an expectation that they will return home safe and unharmed,” Katz said. “But on this sad day in October, an innocent child was shot and killed and this defendant is accused of helping the alleged shooter avoid arrest. This senseless gun violence must stop. And if you help someone who commits a heinous crime that takes a young life, you, too, will be held accountable.”

Justice Holder set Bey-Foster’s return date for Oct. 25. If convicted, Bey-Foster faces up to two to seven years in prison.

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