Two gang members have been convicted in connection with the death of a rival whom they lured out of a store and then ran up from behind him and shot him multiple times to death, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced today.
Gregory “Douggie” Ammonds, 25, of Brownsville, and Kevin “Cheese” Perry, 39, of Rockaway Beach, Queens were convicted of one count of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon following a jury trial in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Thursday.
“These violent defendants conspired to shoot and kill a man in the middle of the street. We will simply not allow gang members to fire guns in our communities, but will investigate each and every shooting and hold all perpetrators accountable,” said Thompson.
According to trial testimony, on December 19, 2012 at about 6:15pm, after Perry lured Henry Dankwah out of a grocery store Ammonds and an accomplice, Michael (“Mikey”) Torres, 24, both shot and killed Henry Dankwah on West 36th Street between Neptune and Mermaid Avenues in Coney Island.
The evidence showed that earlier in the day Dankwah was heard making threats against Ammonds after which Dankwah went to a store in the vicinity of West 36th Street and Neptune Avenue. Perry started a conversation with him inside the store and then exited the store with him and the two of them proceeded to walk on West 36th Street. Torres and Ammonds, who were waiting across the street from the store, then crept up behind the victim and Torres shot him with a .45-caliber firearm and Ammonds with a .9-mm firearm 13 times, prosecutors say.
The three perpetrators, all of whom were members of the “Sex Money Murder” street gang, were arrested in March and April of 2014, following an investigation.
Torres, of Castle Hill in the Bronx, pleaded guilty on February 17 to second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced on April 1 by Justice Gary to 15 years to life in prison.
The defendants face a maximum sentence of 55 years to life when they are sentenced on July 20.