A 28-year-old Crown Heights man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting 55-year-old Michael Sampson during the J’Ouvert celebration that was held in advance of the 2014 West Indian Day Parade in Crown Heights.
Derek Goodings, 28, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, pled guilty last month to first-degree manslaughter charges and was sentenced Friday to 24 years behind bars. Goodings pleaded guilty shortly after jury selection in his trial had commenced.
Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said that, according to the defendant’s allocution, on September 1, 2014, at approximately 3:30am, in the vicinity of Empire Boulevard, during the J’Ouvert celebration that precedes the annual West Indian Day Parade, the defendant fired a loaded weapon into a crowd of people. He fired five times, striking Michael Sampson, 55, in the chest, killing him and injuring another man. He also fired at an unmarked police van in which a uniformed police officer was sitting, striking it.
Goodings then fled the scene and, while he was being chased by police, turned his gun on an officer, who discharged his service weapon.