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Islam was attacked as he walked near 76th Street and Atlantic Avenue.
By Forum Staff
A Jamaica man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the July 2014 assault of a Bangladeshi community leader who was killed during a botched robbery in Richmond Hill, Acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan announced on Thursday.
Carlos Genno, 27, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree manslaughter. He was sentenced on Thursday to 18 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision. Genno’s co-defendant, Nestor Rodriguez, 25, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in January. The Woodhaven resident is currently serving 18 years in prison, to be followed by five years’ post-release supervision, Ryan noted.
According to the charges, shortly after 3:30 a.m., on July 9, 2014, Genno and Rodriguez approached and assaulted Nazmul Islam, a leader of the U.S. chapter of the Bangladeshi ruling party, as he walked near 76th Street and Atlantic Avenue. The 55-year-old victim was repeatedly punched and choked until he lost consciousness. Genno and Rodriguez rifled through the man’s pockets and snatched an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the scene. Islam was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Five years ago, former Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the actions of Genno and Rodriguez showed “a complete disregard for human life.”
On Thursday, Ryan added, “The defendant in this case—along with a co-defendant—viciously pummeled an innocent man and left him bleeding to death on a Queens sidewalk. This was an unprovoked and senseless act of violence. The defendant will be incarcerated for a long time as a result of his criminal actions.”