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Posted on: November 13, 2023

Freeport Men Sentenced for September 2021 Murder & Robbery

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Corey Grier and Eric Baldwin stole cash at gunpoint from victim James Diamond, who had just cashed $55,000 settlement check; Baldwin sentenced to 23 years to life in prison for murder, Grier sentenced to 20 years in prison for robbery 

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly announced that two Freeport men have been sentenced for their roles in the shooting death and robbery of a Long Beach man who had just received a settlement check of $55,000. 

Eric Baldwin, 27, pleaded guilty in September before Judge Terence Murphy to charges of Murder in the Second Degree (an A-I felony); two counts of Robbery in the First Degree (a B violent felony); Robbery in the Second Degree (a C violent felony); and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (a C violent felony). Today, the defendant was sentenced to 23 years to life in prison by Judge Murphy. 

Corey Grier, 29, pleaded guilty in August to Robbery in the First Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree.  Grier was sentenced to 20 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision on October 5, 2023. 

“Eric Baldwin and Corey Grier helped lure 28-year-old James Diamond to his death, when they convinced the young man to meet them in Freeport,” DA Donnelly said. “Diamond had just been awarded a settlement check and had more than $50,000 in cash on him when Eric Baldwin shot Diamond in a struggle for the money. Jimmy Diamond was a popular and talented young man who was taken too early. We extend our condolences to his countless family members and friends.” 

According to the indictment, on September 10, 2021, the deceased, James Diamond, 28, and a friend, drove to a law firm in Long Beach to pick up a check for $55,000, that Diamond was awarded as part of a lawsuit. 

After receiving the check, the pair picked up Corey Grier and drove to a check cashing business. Grier then directed them in their vehicle to South Bay Avenue in Freeport and Diamond and his friend left to attempt to deposit the cash at a nearby bank. 

Grier allegedly called Eric Baldwin and Todd Brant to meet him at South Bay Avenue. Baldwin, Brant, and Akeem Chambers drove to South Bay Avenue to meet up with Grier.

When Diamond and his friend returned to the location, Baldwin and Akeem Chambers allegedly took Diamond and his friend out of their vehicle at gunpoint. A struggle ensued, and Diamond was shot once in the abdomen by Baldwin. Baldwin took Diamond’s bag filled with cash and fled. Diamond was later pronounced deceased at South Nassau Communities Hospital. The victim worked as a tradesman and was an aspiring musician. 

Baldwin was arrested by NCPD Homicide detectives in East Meadow on November 3, 2021. Grier was arrested by NCPD Homicide detectives in Bayshore on November 3, 2021.

The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Chief Veronica Guariglia of the Homicide Bureau. Baldwin is represented by Richard Langone, Esq. Grier is represented by Justin Feinman, Esq. 

The charges against the remaining defendants are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.


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