2002-10-31 / Other News

Brothers Get 25-Life In Thanksgiving

Killing; Third Man Not Sentenced Yet

Two brothers who took part in the murder of a Canarsie teenager last Thanksgiving eve on Rockaway Parkway received the maximum sentence of 25 years to life this week. Mark Jones, 22, and his 18-year-old brother Tareq had been convicted of murder in the second degree two weeks ago in the shooting death of Jelani Isaac, 16.

Convicted of murder in the first degree was Divine Sawyer, 22. His sentencing is due this week.Isaac and two friends were walking on Rockaway Parkway on November 26th, 2001 after having bought Thanksgiving cookware for Jelani’s mother when they were stopped near Conklin Avenue and robbed by the trio.

Just after snatching a necklace from one of Jelani’s friends, Sawyer told one of the brothers to give him a gun and, as the victim walked away, shot the youth in the neck and chest. He died an hour later at Brookdale Hospital.

Isaac’s mother was at the courthouse, according to sources from the office of District Attorney Charles Hynes, and heard the sentencing issued by Supreme Court Justice Richard Goldberg, who said that, although Sawyer pulled the trigger, all three were responsible because they all set out to commit armed robbery and one of the brothers actually handed the gun to the shooter,

District attorney spokesman Orlando Rivera said Sawyer was also found guilty of attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Charles Rogers

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