Gunman Gets 50 Years for Hempstead Murder

A Brooklyn man was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years to life in prison for killing a man and injuring two others in a  Hempstead shooting last year.

Ronnie Duren had been convicted at Nassau County court in October of second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, assault and weapons charges.

His 25-year prison terms for the murder and attempted murder convictions will run consecutively.


Prosecutors said that the 42-year-old gunman fatally shot Michael Prophet, 35, of Valley Stream, outside the McDonald’s on Peninsula Boulevard during a drug deal on April 16, 2011.

After shooting the victim once in the back, Duren fired three more shots, wounding a passenger in Prophet’s van, 35-year-old Hayden Forrest of Uniondale, and Prophet’s friend, 28-year-old Henry Fowler of West Hempstead, who was seated in a nearby parked car, authorities said.

Duren fled the scene but police apprehended him three months later.

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