BRAND NEW YORK – In 2019, three people were shot at a Bronx playground, and two men, Darrius Christopher, and Robert Wade, were sentenced to a total of 168 years in prison.
Following their trials on December 7 and 7, 2022, the two men were found guilty on both counts of possessing ammunition after a prior criminal conviction and one count of conspiracy to possess ammunition after a prior felony conviction.
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Christopher and Wade were dropped off by a car at about 7:42 o’clock in the evening in the Bronx, New York, about a block north of Slattery Playground. There was a group of around ten kids hanging out on the sidewalk near Slattery Playground.
Christopher took a revolver out of his pocket and racked it as the group approached from the other side of Ryer Avenue. As Wade took up position on the other side of Ryer Avenue, Christopher walked across to join the group.
Christopher and Wade both started shooting as he approached within feet of the group. Both Christopher and Wade fired at the crowd, but Christopher only managed three shots.
Three people were injured by Christopher and Wade; they were all treated and released from a nearby hospital that same night. Christopher and Wade made a fast exit into a waiting getaway car a few blocks away.
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The sentence handed down today sends a clear message that people who commit crimes with illicit weapons will face serious consequences. U.S. Attorney Damian Williams expressed gratitude to the NYPD and the DEA for their cooperation in his office’s efforts to reduce the number of violent criminals in the city.