A Jamaica man has been sentenced to 95 years to life for a December 2011 shooting spree where he fatally shot an 18-year-old, then shot and killed one man and injured another man on a city bus while fleeing, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.
“The defendant’s capacity for causing senseless violence in such a short period of time can only be described as incomprehensible and as having no place in a civilized society,” said Brown. “His actions were both vicious and unprovoked. The sentence imposed by the Court is more than justified in order to punish the defendant and forever protect society.”
According to the District Attorney, Damel O. Burton, 34, shot Keith Murrell, 18, once in the chest inside Murrell’s Foch Boulevard apartment. After being shot, Murrell fled into his room, closed the door and jumped from the second-story window. He was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital.
Burton then left the apartment and walked to the Q111 bus stop, where he got on a bus. While on the bus Burton fatally shot Marvin Gilkes, 36, in the back of the head and shot Jojuan Lipsey, 31, in the face. Gilkes was pronounced dead at the scene. Lipsey was removed to Jamaica Hospital and underwent surgery.
Burton was convicted earlier this month of two counts of second-degree murder, one count of second-degree attempted murder, one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.