2003-11-27 / Front Page

Murderer Of Mill Basin Merchant, Others Pleads Guilty; Will Get Life

By Charles Rogers
Murderer Of Mill Basin Merchant, Others Pleads Guilty; Will Get Life

Murderer Of Mill Basin Merchant, Others Pleads Guilty; Will Get Life

By Charles Rogers

The man responsible for killing a Mill Basin mini-market owner and three other merchants during a killing spree last February and March has pleaded guilty and will go to jail for life.

According to Jerry Schmetterer, a spokesman for District Attorney Charles Hynes, Larme Price, 30, of Crown Heights, admitted last week in court that he was a "serial killer" who slew people who appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent to avenge the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. Price originally faced the death penalty in two out of the four counts of murder for which he was arrested because they took place during the commission of a robbery.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said last April — shortly after Price gave himself up at the 75th Precinct — that he had killed the shopkeepers, all immigrants, out of a hatred for Arabs. However, two of the victims were immigrants of Indian descent, one was from the Ukraine and the other was from Yemen.

The series of killings beg an on February 8 when John Freddy, a 43-year-old store owner was killed on a Sunday morning in his grocery in Ozone Park, Queens. Two hour later, Sujit (Sammny) Khajala, 50, owner of Around-The-Clock Mini Market at 5803 Avenue N was gunned down.

On March 10, Albert Kotlyar, 32, was killed in his laundromat in Bedford Stuyvesant. Ten days later, Mohammed Abdul Nasser Ali, 54, was shot and killed as he stood in the doorway to his store at the corner of Eastern Parkway and Buffalo Avenue. Ali’s cousin was also critically wounded at the time.

Schmetterer corroborated sources that said Price has a history of mental illness and arrests. He said as part of the deal struck with the D.A.’s office and Supreme Court Judge Neil Firetog, Price will get life without parole as his sentence, which will be formally pronounced in February.

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