2011-05-19 / Other News

Killer Of Car Dealer Could Get Life Sentence

By Charles Rogers


Police Crime Scene tapes bar entry at used car lot on Utica Avenue where owner was gunned down during a robbery in 2008. 
Charles Rogers Police Crime Scene tapes bar entry at used car lot on Utica Avenue where owner was gunned down during a robbery in 2008. Charles Rogers The murderer of a Utica Avenue car dealer was convicted of the crime last week and, after sentencing in two weeks, could spend the rest of his life in jail.

A Brooklyn Criminal Court jury convicted Aaron Adderly, 27, of murdering Bobby Carnival, 35, a wellrespected owner of a used car business at 2079 Utica Avenue, near Avenue M, during a robbery attempt two days after Christmas in 2008. Adderly was one of three bandits who tried to rob Carnival, a Mill Basin resident, inside his office on the lot.

During the robbery try, Adderly was shot when one of his accomplices dropped his gun and Anthony Basso, a salesman working with Carnival, picked up the gun and fired at the suspect, striking him, police said. Although the accomplices fled, they were later picked up by police and are also currently on trial.

The shooting began at about 6:30 p.m., detectives from the 63rd Precinct said. The three suspects had apparently checked out Carnival by expressing interest in buying a car about three days previous to the shooting. When they entered the lot, Adderly immediately went to the office, confronted the victim and announced a holdup. There was a struggle as Carnival wrestled with Adderly and the suspect shot him in the chest.

Meanwhile, one of the other accomplices dropped his gun and Basso picked it up as Adderly allegedly aimed his gun at him. Basso fired and Adderly was hit.

Both Carnival and Adderly were taken to Kings County Hospital where Carnival was pronounced dead.

Sandy Silverstein, a spokesman for Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, said this week that Adderly will be sentenced on May 31st. Besides the murder conviction, Adderly was also convicted of criminal possession of a weapon and robbery. The trial for the other two suspects is continuing.

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