A Roosevelt man was sentenced Friday to 27 years to life in prison for shooting a man to death during an attempted carjacking in Hempstead in 2014.
Tayquan Clark, 24, was convicted of second-degree murder, attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon in October at Nassau County court.
“This defendant shot and killed an innocent man as he attempted to steal his car,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.
Prosecutors said that the gunman shot Shawn Boone in the head, killing him while the victim was sitting in a late-model BMW with his girlfriend on Princeton Street at 1:20 a.m. on July 5, 2014.
Clark wiped down the inside of the vehicle to try and destroy any evidence after the shooting, but investigators recovered his finger prints on the outside of the driver-side door of the car, authorities said. Video surveillance and a ballistics match to a stolen Smith & Wesson snub-nose revolver that Clark used during the shooting also linked him to the crime, according to investigators.
Hempstead Police officers arrested Clark in July after he pointed the gun at least one person at a gathering, ditched the gun in bushes and was stopped by police, who recovered the gun, prosecutors said.