The attorney representing Stanley Williams — who police say drove around the man who allegedly shot a 3-year-old boy in Bedford-Stuyvesant on July 8 — said that the victim’s wounds weren’t severe, so his client shouldn’t be treated so harshly.
“This is not a homicide,” lawyer Matthew Cohen said as Williams, 20, was arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court on Friday. “Even the alleged injury is not that severe.”
Police arrested Williams for allegedly opening fire on Pulaski Street, hitting little Isaiah Gonzalez in the leg.
Williams and accomplice Antonio McLoud, 20, are facing assault and attempted murder charges in connection with the Sunday afternoon shooting.
Gonzalez was playing in a sprinkler with his family nearby when police said that McCloud, who has been arrested more than a dozen times, opened fire. Gonzalez was hit and rushed to the hospital as cops began an all-out manhunt for McCloud and Williams, who was the alleged getaway driver.
About 10 shots were fired during the gunplay, police said — so judge Kevin McGrath wasn’t too keen on hearing Cohen’s excuses.
“He has a total disregard for society,” McGrath said of Gonzalez as he and set $1 million bail for Williams and McCloud.
The Gonzalez shooting was one of 77 shootings that took place around July 4. His family told the Daily News on Monday that the toddler was home and recovering.
“He’s doing wonderful,” said Isaiah’s dad Jose Rvera.
Pinched in Ponzi scheme
A Long Island financial advisor was dragged into Brooklyn federal court this week on charges that he ran a Ponzi scheme, then tried to cover up thousands of dollars in trading losses.
Officials from the US Attorney’s office charged Paul Sullivan with wire fraud for crimes that took place over a three-year period. He faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted.
Prosecutors claim that Sullivan invested his clients’ money without their authorization, creating significant losses. When these losses were discovered, Sullivan admitted his misconduct and attempted to dissuade his clients from alerting the authorities, claiming that he would reimburse them.
In order to obtain the money needed for reimbursement, Sullivan began misappropriating funds belonging to a second group of clients, prosecutors said.
He encouraged his new clients to send checks to the clients he defrauded, claiming that they were “private investment opportunities.”
Sullivan pleaded not guilty to the charges on July 9.
“As part of a pattern of fraud and deception, Sullivan allegedly abandoned his fiduciary obligations to his clients and made unauthorized investments with their funds. When confronted by his victims, he continued his lies and put his own twist on ‘borrowing from Peter to pay Paul’ by manipulating a second set of victims into a Ponzi scheme designed to cover those investment losses,” said United States Attorney Loretta Lynch. “He will now be held to account for his crimes.”
The payments were sent by mail, which made this a federal crime, said Postal Inspector-in-Charge Ronald Verrochio.
“This case highlights another example of dishonest business practices overcoming the best interests of investors,” said Verrochio.
Attempts to reach Sullivan’s attorney were unsuccessful.