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Posted on: November 5, 2018

Roosevelt Man Convicted on All Counts for Murderous 2015-2016 Crime Spree

Corey Williams

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Roosevelt man was convicted today on all counts for a murderous 2015-2016 crime spree that left two men dead.

Corey Williams, 19, was convicted by a jury today of:

  • Two Counts of Murder in the Second Degree (an A-I felony)
  • Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (a B violent felony)
  • Three Counts of Robbery in the First Degree (a B violent felony)
  • Two Counts of Robbery in the Second Degree (a C violent felony)
  • Attempted Robbery in the First Degree (a C violent felony)
  • Six Counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (a C felony)
  • Assault in the Second Degree (a D violent felony)
  • Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree (a D violent felony)

The trial started on October 9, and the jury deliberated for less than a day. The defendant is remanded, is due back for sentencing before Judge Meryl Berkowitz January 15, and faces a potential maximum of 100 years to life in prison.

“Today’s conviction ensures that this violent predator, whose greed led to the heartless murder of two young men during a brutal robbery spree, will spend the rest of his life behind bars,” DA Singas said. “I commend the Nassau County Police Department and our prosecutors for their outstanding work to bring this killer to justice.”

DA Singas said on November 18, 2015, 33-year-old Gerber Hernandez was walking home on Babylon Turnpike in Roosevelt from his job as a construction worker, when the defendant and his accomplice, Malique Shelton, attempted to rob Hernandez of cash and then shot him two times, killing him.

On June 22, 2016, the defendant, while inside a home on Wagner Street in Roosevelt with Malique Shelton and another accomplice, robbed 37-year-old Royston Hall of marijuana, and then shot him once, killing him.

Before the start of the trial, Malique Shelton pled guilty in connection to the November 18 and June 22 incidents and is expected to be sentenced to 25 years to life on December 10.

On July 8, 2016, the defendant and an accomplice called a taxi to Willet Place in Roosevelt. When the taxi arrived, he and an accomplice robbed the driver at gunpoint, stealing approximately $200 in cash.

On July 18, 2016, the defendant called a taxi to W. Raymond Street in Roosevelt. When the taxi arrived, he shot the driver in the upper back, seriously injuring him and then stole $120 in cash.

Following a nine-month investigation, Nassau County Police Department detectives arrested the defendant August 31, 2016, for the above-listed crimes.

Senior District Attorney Ania Pulaski of DA Singas’ Major Offense Bureau is prosecuting this case. Jeff Groder, Esq. represents the defendant.

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