Nazieer Basir, 22, of 106th Street in Jamaica, pleaded guilty Thursday before Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Yavinsky to manslaughter in the first degree for the deadly shooting of a 22-year-old South Richmond Hill man, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.
The incident occurred on the night of Dec. 7 at around 10 p.m. when Basir and three others, including the victim Royheesny Sintjago, attempted to attack a group of rivals sitting in a parked car near the intersection of 90th Street and Liberty Avenue, according to the charges. The car pulled away and Sintjago gave chase on foot, armed with a tire iron. Basir pulled out a handgun and fired two shots at the car and one of the bullets struck Sintjago in the head. EMS personnel arrived at the crime scene and rushed Sintjago to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
“This case is appalling as it is completely senseless,” Katz said. “In pleading guilty, the defendant took responsibility for killing an accomplice during a botched attack meant for a group of rivals. The gun violence in our communities has to stop. The defendant is now being held accountable and faves a lengthy prison term for his criminal actions.”
Justice Yavinsky indicated that he would sentence Basir to 17 years in prison followed by 5 years of post-release supervision on Nov. 17.