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A Queens man will be spending the next three decades in a prison cell for killing a man and injuring four others in a May 2011 shooting in Springfield Gardens, law enforcement sources said.

Ronald Colson, 34, was sentenced to 33 years in prison this week after being convicted in June of second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree promoting prostitution, endangerment and tampering with physical evidence.


According to trial testimony, on May 23, 2011, Colson fired his semi-automatic pistol into a crowd of people attending an outdoor party near 145th Drive in Springfield Gardens, then fled the scene.

One of the victims, Dane Freeman, 20, was shot in the head and died from his injuries. The four remaining victims were also seriously injured by the gunfire.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said, “The death of this young man and the wounding of four other individuals is yet another painful example of the mindless gun-related violence that too often takes innocent lives”. He hopes that Colson’s conviction will bring some sort of comfort to his victims and their families.


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