19-Year-Old Sentenced To 9 Months For Beating Homeless Man To Death

A Manhattan judge sentenced Branlee Gonzalez to less than a year in jail after he murdered a homeless man on a sidewalk.

New York, NY A 19-year-old man who beat a homeless man to death on a sidewalk has been sentenced to only nine months in jail under New Yorks youthful offender statute.

Prosecutors argued the Branlee Gonzalez was a member of the Gorilla Stones gang, and as such, should be sentenced to no less than 10 years in prison, the New York Post reported.

But Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Guy Mitchell allowed Gonzalez to make a deal that would give him less than a year behind bars for pleading guilty to manslaughter and attempted assault on two homeless men who catcalled his cousin on a Manhattan sidewalk.

Gonzalezs record will also be sealed as a youthful offender despite the fact he beat 69-year-old Lucio Bravo to death at about 3:30 a.m. on May 18, 2017 at the age of 18, the New York Post reported.

The attack was captured on nearby surveillance video and showed Gonzalez, on Sherman Avenue near Dyckman Street, stopping on the sidewalk beside Bravo and his companion, 39-year-old Juan Calderon, after the two men allegedly catcalled the female cousin with whom he was walking, the New York Post reported.

In the video, Gonzalez pummeled Bravo and Calderon, raining down multiple blows on each of their heads as they tried to protect themselves.

It did not appear that either man fought back or tried to hit their attacker.

After the beating, Bravo slipped into a coma, and then died five days later.

Luis Diaz, the attorney for Gonzalez, argued to the judge that the 19 year old deserved leniency because he had endured a difficult childhood, the New York Post reported.

But Bravos family begged the judge in a letter to sentence Gonzalez to significant jail time to make him pay for what he has done.

Yes, I believe in second chances but I also believe the defendant must learn that all actions have consequences, the victims daughter wrote to the judge.

She wrote that despite the fact that her father had been an alcoholic, he not only had a family but he was also a son, a father, a grandfather.

He was loved by everyone, she wrote. It is so painful to see that my daughters no longer have a grandfather.

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JBo
JBo

The east coast version of California.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

The judge should serve the time on the next crime this thug commits because you know he will after getting away with murder.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

This thug is not likely to live as long as the homeless man he murdered. He's gotten a taste of what's it like to have someone's life in his hands and he's not going to give that up just because he's gotten away with it. This will also give him a boost in his ranking in his gang. Therefore, he's going to take more risks, which may hopefully end his career sooner rather than later.

Fearless431
Fearless431

It is very clear that in New York City a Man's life means NOTHING! That "Judge" must have been afraid of the Gang. He was paid off. How much was his life worth Judge Guy Mitchell? How much were you paid? SICK! BOYCOTT NEW YORK CITY! PROTEST IN FRONT OF THE JUDGE GUY MITCHELL'S HOME!

johs09
johs09

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