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Bronx man gets 47 years for gang-related murder of dad who was holding his baby

June 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Bronx man gets 47 years for gang-related murder of dad who was holding his baby

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A member of a violent New York City street gang was sentenced to 47 years behind bars on Friday for the gang-related murder of a rival, as the victim held his infant daughter in his arms.

James “Mitch” Capers was convicted in December 2016 for the gang-related shooting 21-year-old James Capers, 21-year-old Allen McQueen, as he held his infant in his arms on July 7, 2015. The 1-year-old was not harmed in the incident.

In a statement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New York’s Southern District said in addition to Allen’s gang-related murder, Capers, an ex-con, was convicted for his role in a racketeering and narcotics conspiracy tied to a violent group known as the “Leland Avenue Crew,” primarily based in the Bronx, New York.

Capers pictured right was convicted of gunning down Allen McQueen as he held his infant daughter in July, 2015

Federal Judge William Pauley imposed the sentence of 47 years in prison as a result of the conviction, the New York Post reported.

Pauley said the killing was “beyond human comprehension,’’ noting, “It was premeditated and carried out in the coldest, most calculating way.”

The judge described the 24-year-old killer as a “dangerous person who needs to be in prison for a long time.’’

However, Pauley ruled against a life sentence because it would mean “throwing another life away.”

“Our Office remains committed to eradicating senseless violence from our city streets,” Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a released statement following the sentencing.

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