An 18-year-old Red Hook teenager was sentenced to 24 years to life in prison for his part in the fatal shooting of a man during a botched robbery attempt in Williamsburg, announced Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
On April 27, 2015, at approximately 12:45am, Tyheim Smith and three other suspects followed Tyrone Woods, 33, as he exited the B46 bus at Broadway and Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg, with the intention of robbing Woods for his Rolex watch.
According to testimony, Smith and three other suspects followed the victim for several blocks, approaching him outside a playground near South 9th Street and Bedford Avenue, forcing Woods to the ground at gunpoint.
Immediately after Woods was shot in the head and the four teens fled the scene while dropping the gun, but later returned to retrieve it.
Smith was convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree attempted robbery following a jury trial last month.
“This defendant was part of a group that targeted an innocent man to rob and then needlessly and tragically took his life,” said Gonzalez in a statement. “This defendant has now been held accountable for the choices he made that night and we are determined to bring to justice his co-defendants, who are presently awaiting trial.”
Smith was arrested on May 14, 2015 in possession of a loaded weapon. His three co-defendants, who have been identified as Tylik Albright, 18; Malik Francis, 19; and Dominic Norris, 19, are presently awaiting trial.