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Astoria man indicted for 2016 murder, allegedly shot man in the head during argument

June 21, 2017 By Christian Murray

A 35-year-old Astoria man who allegedly shot and killed a man during a dispute in Flushing last year was indicted for murder today, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.

Robert ‘Laz’ Sasso, of 26th Avenue in Astoria, faces 25-years to life in prison for allegedly killing Richard ‘Rick’ Brown outside a motel on Linden Place in Flushing on July 27.

According to the indictment, the pair met outside a hotel at about 11:30 pm to chat.

Sasso shot Brown once in the head while Brown bent down to tie his shoelaces, according to the District Attorney’s office. Authorities say they have video footage of the incident.

Sasso was arraigned this afternoon on a three-count indictment charging him with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. He is being held without bail and has been ordered to return to court on August 8.

“Gun violence has no place in a civilized society,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A Brown in a statement. “The defendant in this case, was having an argument with the victim, and allegedly settled the dispute with a single gunshot to the right side of the man’s head.”



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Would he say “spoon violence has no place in a civilized society” if the guy had stabbed him with a spoon? Lol. Any violence, esp. deadly use of force, whether it comes from a gun, or a sharp object, or from someone’s hand or foot, has no place in a civilized society.


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