Man sentenced to 55 years in prison after killing Crown Heights mother of four: DA

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An East New York man has been sentenced to at least 55 years in prison, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced on Friday.
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An East New York man will spend at least 55 years behind bars for the killing a mother of four in Crown Heights in 2021, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice sentenced 31-year-old Oliver Case to 55 years to life in prison for the Aug. 19, 2021 incident in which Case opened fire on a crowded Crown Heights street, striking a man in the arm and fatally wounding an innocent bystander, 54-year-old Limose Thomas. The Haitian home health aide was walking home from work when she was killed by a stray bullet just a few blocks from her apartment.

Case was convicted of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder at Brooklyn Supreme Court on Nov.2, following a jury trial.

“Limose Thomas, an innocent mother of four, had her life taken from her when this defendant coldly opened fire on a crowded street filled with pedestrians and bystanders, including young children, on a summer evening,” District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement following the sentencing. “My heart goes out to her family and friends, who hopefully find a measure of solace with today’s sentence.”

According to the DA’s office investigation, Case was chasing two men down Saint Johns Place at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2021 when he fired ten shots at them. One of those bullets struck Thomas in the back as she attempted to flee the barrage of gunfire.

Another bullet struck one of the men Case was chasing in the arm.

Case was arrested two months later on Nov. 16, 2021 after was he identified with the help of an anonymous tipster.