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 York’s “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.

Gonzalez’s 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 Bravo’s 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 victim’s 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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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.

EMarie
EMarie

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

BurgessKrell
BurgessKrell

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

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

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!

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