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.

Comments (46)
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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

This is indeed a shocker when are these elites gonna learn that every person living on this world should be treated with pure compassion and love as things https://www.papersarena.com have led me here to this point here top get towards this tragic news.

Sailor
Sailor

The law that is in effect to give youthful offenders a break on harsh sentencing is really ineffective as is demonstrated by this instance. You cannot give youthful psychopaths/sociopaths that type of benefit and expect (hope) the offender will go straight and not reoffend. Youth who are ganged-up are strongly developed sociopaths/psychopaths who deserve the harshest sentences.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Johs09="when are these elites gonna learn that every person living on this world should be treated with pure compassion and love as things? "

Hello Johs09 -The liberal ( like this Judge) likely live nowhere near the much lower standards level of others and simply cannot identify . The liberal may feel they are an idealist , have a sense of "superior" intelligence or "moral superiority". Leftist liberals only react as conservative law abiding citizens do when the negative situation affects them personally (or their family or property ). Then its holy hell as" how dare they" when a situation does affect their own lives. Until then they never seem to see the situation from the victim's view and what the victim and their family lost. It seems the perpetrator "comes first" as the leftist liberal feels the need to insert themselves into a social justice warrior and savior role and as an opportunist who then takes the opportunity presented to "change the world" ........although typically it only changes in their own eyes.......and the victims and family come a distant second. Other than this ( hopefully) going to a higher federal court then another alternative is to vote the judge out of office asap and/or report him up the chain .

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

In an odd way, and somewhat of a stretch to connect ... when I read this article my thoughts instantly went to Jesus' story about the "Rich Man and Lazarus the Begger;" the latter of whom ended up in Paradise while the calloused snot woke up in Hell.

angeleyes
angeleyes

youthful offender? 18 year old thug? old enough to drink in some states, old enough to serve your country, old enough to drive, but not old enough to decide to beat someone who is not defending themselves and to decide to belong to a gang. Boo hoo, he had a tough childhood, so what? NY and Cali need to be shut out of the union and let them run their states with no funding from the US all by themselves with the condition that the criminals, illegals and pc jackasses stay within those borders. At my age, let me break a law, claim dementia and i'll get away with it. Why not, it works for young thugs.

angeleyes
angeleyes

from what i've read time and again, in west coast libral and east coast libral (same states, different coasts) LEOs' and people "who don't matter or don't vote" are less important as no one will protest for you so heavy sentences for them if they commit a crime. If crime is committed against this group, no sentence. Only people of color, who have others that yell the loudest and the ones who are pc are the important ones and any crime committed against them will actually do real time.

nenasmiller
nenasmiller

He had a rough childhood? So hes allowed to kill a man and get 9 months. That should be unbelievable but living in Cook County near Chicago somehow it doesnt surprise me. Horrible.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

He will re-offend.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I wonder if the judge's relative had been killed what would be his reaction then?

Devilmom
Devilmom

This country is going to hell! All these libertards should have to serve the sentence along with the thugs that they coddle. Nine months for murder, that's no deterrent, it's a time out. With sentences like that, expect lots more murders. Nine months doesn't put fear in anyone.

butterfly
butterfly

And if the old men had fought back & hurt or killed the 18 year old MAN then they would have been given life! If you are over 18 or a woman & live in this state get you a weapon!

Snooper
Snooper

Youthful offender statute my ass. that Scum is ninteen years old and shouldn't fall under the Youthful Offender Statute!

Icare2
Icare2

This is a tap on the wrist, not even a slap! He is a grown adult and should be treated as such. He can serve his country, he can serve the correct amount of time. LIFE. Thats what he took!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Hmm. I blame mental illness. Impoverished areas, no matter the color, have higher rates of irrational violence.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Let's just do away with jails. I mean just about everyone in the criminal justice system has some sad story to tell. Forgive and forget, that's what I always say (please note the sarcasm)

satmantoo
satmantoo

This sickens me to the bottom of my soul. So its ok to beat an old man to death if your under 19 because your not responsible for your actions. But you can vote for our next President! Explains a lot.

FSchloss
FSchloss

The son of a bitch is old enough to join the military, and he's old enough to take a bull whip to him.

Skidoo
Skidoo

Just as in No Country For Old Men; I just don't understand it, I surely don't.

klondike88
klondike88

The judge should be serving a life sentence after that ruling.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Some of the Liberal run States need to be deported!

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

You kill someone and you only go to jail and for only 9 months....That is totally ridiculous.....and plus you are treated as a minor despite being 18....New York, you are one screwed up city!!!!

motorcyclepops
motorcyclepops

Throw this insignificant POS out with the trash. Never to be seen or heard from again. Would YOU give him a second chance? Would YOU want him near a family member of YOURS?

CJSpencer
CJSpencer

The "Judge" was appointed by Bill De Blasio. That tells you everything you need to know about his qualifications to sit on the bench.

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

One things for certain, the victim wasn't related to the judge.

Clm195758
Clm195758

Don't blame anyone but yourselves for this. It's the people that vote on the absolutely ridiculous law's like the one this guy skated on. I know my beautiful 15 month old grandson was murdered by a creep that got to plead to manslaughter 1 and the judge gave him a whole 11 year's. And it's because our county prosecutor gave this murder case away! The murderer was a tribal member with a prominent family and the tribe gives a whole lot of money to our county so......that prosecutors job is to say who goes for murder or whatever charge. Now the mother wasn't charged either for neglect and this murderer was her new boyfriend of a whole 3 month's. Meanwhile back at the ranch my Son and my family have suffered a trauma that will never get better.....but the best thing out of this is that the murderer was found in his protective custody cell unresponsive 2 day's before the 9th anniversary of my grandsons death. Well he will now never be free!

Clm195758
Clm195758

Start gathering signatures to get that ridiculous law repealed. Vote out that law do something besides talk about it. It's on you the people of the great state of NY

BurgessKrell
BurgessKrell

True karmic justice would be if Gonzalez marries the judge's daughter.

EMarie
EMarie

Sickening! Fn judge needs to kicked off the bench! Along with the law.

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

WTH is wrong with judges? They have way too much compassion for criminals! As far as I'm concerned, that THUG should be put on an electric chair.