Wednesday, April 6, 2005

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D.A. BROWN: MANHATTAN MAN SENTENCED TO UP TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON FOR ATTEMPTING TO STEAL LONG ISLAND RAILROAD TRAIN

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced that a Manhattan man has been sentenced to up to three years in prison for attempted grand larceny for trying to take a Long Island Rail Road M-7 locomotive and train from an LIRR train yard in Jamaica, Queens.

District Attorney Brown said, “The defendant has admitted his guilt, waived his right to appeal and now begins serving a prison sentence for his crime. His record reveals repeated instances of lawbreaking preceding this felony offense and the term of imprisonment imposed by the court is warranted.”

District Attorney Brown identified the defendant as Darius McCollum ,39, of 130 Columbia Street in Manhattan. The defendant pled guilty on February 24, 2005 to Attempted Grand Larceny in the Third Degree before Queens Supreme Court Justice Steven W. Paynter who imposed today’s indeterminate sentence of one and one-third years to three years in prison.

The District Attorney said that the defendant admitted that on June 11, 2004 he was present inside the LIRR train yard at 182-30 Liberty Avenue in Jamaica, Queens and that he attempted to steal a Long Island Railroad train.

District Attorney Brown said that the defendant walked out of the train yard when his identification was called into question and when apprehended had in his possession various stolen railroad keys including a key able to operate an M-7 locomotive.

Assistant District Attorney Gerard A. Brave, Bureau Chief, of the District Attorney’s Organized Crime and Rackets Bureau prosecuted the case under the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Investigations Peter A. Crusco and Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney for Investigations Linda M. Cantoni.