Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Stray-Bullet Shooting

A Far Rockaway man last Friday was sentenced to 10 years in prison for recklessly firing a gun outside of an apartment complex and wounding a 10-year-old girl, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Lenard Crudup, 22, a reputed member of the Rowdy Gang, was convicted earlier this month of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to trial testimony, Crudup was seen standing in the street in front of the Dix McBride Apartments just after 1 a.m. on Aug. 3, 2013, and firing several shots into the front courtyard, one of which struck 10-year-old Brianna Palmer above the hip. She was taken to an area hospital and treated for her injuries.  The police recovered two .380 caliber casings and one fired bullet from the scene of the shooting.

“The defendant has now been held accountable for recklessly and indiscriminately firing a gun into a courtyard and striking a young girl,” Brown said in a statement. “He has proven himself to be a menace to others and, as such, the lengthy prison sentence will protect society from further harm by him.”


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