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Posted on: August 11, 2020

Hempstead Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for Murdering Romantic Rival

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MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Hempstead man was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison for the March 2018 murder of a romantic rival.

Shavon Goins, 27, was convicted at trial on December 5, 2019, before Judge Helene Gugerty of Murder in the Second Degree (an A-I felony) and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree (a D violent felony)

“Shavon Goins got into an altercation with Ravino Bailey and five hours later, returned to the same house to senselessly murder his romantic rival,” DA Singas. “After stabbing the victim twice, Goins fled to Alabama and was tracked down due to great detective work from the Nassau County Police Department. We hope that today’s conviction brings some measure of closure to Ravino Bailey’s family.”

DA Singas said that on March 23, 2018, at approximately 8:15 p.m. the defendant threatened to kill 23-year old victim Ravino Bailey in front of a Dartmouth Street home in Hempstead. Goins chased Bailey – a romantic rival – around a car and ultimately off the street.

Later that night, at approximately 1:44 a.m., Bailey was in the Dartmouth Street home when Goins forced himself into the building by kicking in the door. The defendant stabbed Bailey twice, through the right arm and heart, with a kitchen knife.

The victim stumbled out of the house and was taken to the hospital.  He died from his injuries less than an hour later.

Goins fled to Montgomery, Alabama, and was apprehended there by members of the Nassau County Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service and Montgomery Police Department on April 10, 2018. 

Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lewisohn of the DA Singas’ Major Offense Bureau is prosecuting the case. William Shanahan, Esq., represents the defendant.


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