Flushing man gets 25 years to life for killing over $200 debt

| mchan@queenscourier.com |

A 20-year-old from Flushing was sentenced to a maximum of life in prison for killing a man over a $200 debt he owed.

Victim Laseam Hogan, 27, lent the money to Malcolm Thompson of the Pomonok Houses in 2010, according to the district attorney.

Hogan approached Thompson for his $200 in a Pomonok Houses courtyard months later on October 15, officials said. Instead of repaying his debt, then-18-year-old Thompson shot Hogan to death, according to District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

“I’ll dead you. You ain’t getting (expletive),” Thompson allegedly told Hogan before whipping out his gun, according to prosecutors.

Thompson fired bullets at Hogan’s leg and torso, then stood over him and let another three rounds hit Hogan’s torso, neck and head, according to Brown.
Thompson was sentenced last week to 25 years to life in prison, Brown said.

He was convicted in August of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon after a four-week jury trial.

“The price that the defendant must now pay to settle what originally had been a minor unpaid debt is of his own doing,” Brown said. “The defendant has shown that he had little regard for human life and is deserving of the serious punishment meted out.”