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Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 25 Years For East New York Murder

The victim, Justin Richey, was killed one day after his 16th birthday in 2018.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Tuesday said a Brooklyn man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for fatally shooting a 16-year-old boy in an unprovoked attack.

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Ralief Bradford, 30, of East New York, according to a news release.

The defendant was convicted of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon following a jury trial.
According to trial testimony, on July 15, 2018, at approximately 5:07pm, on Blake Avenue between Euclid Avenue and Pine Street, the defendant and two unapprehended individuals approached the victim, Justin Richey, and wrongly accused him of being in a rival gang. They then assaulted him, and the defendant brandished a gun and shot the victim three times in the torso.
“Justin Richey was brazenly and senselessly shot to death by this defendant in broad daylight on a Sunday afternoon," Gonzalez said. "Justin was killed just one day after his 16th birthday. I hope today’s sentence brings a measure of solace to his heartbroken family and friends.”