YONKERS, N.Y. – Four people from Yonkers have been convicted in a brutal 2010 beating that left a man with a fractured skull and permanent hearing loss on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
A jury in state Supreme Court in Manhattan found Martrell Terrell, Andrew McCray, Shadia Brackman and Christopher Montanez, all from Yonkers, guilty of various charges Wednesday including assault and gang assault.
Prosecutors said the four were part of a group that viciously beat 37-year-old Kyam Washington, by hitting him over the head with their fists, a traffic cone and a piece of lumber on May 8, 2010.
A graphic video, which was reportedly shown to the jury at trial, captured three minutes of the assault on the corner of Essex and Rivington streets
In it, a crowd of bystanders can be heard cheering on the group as they take turns punching Washington on the sidewalk. When he tried to escape by running into the street, he was again beaten and kicked while being hit repeatedly over the head with an orange traffic cone.
“We’re from Yonkers (expletive),” one of the attackers can be heard yelling as they chase Washington.
An unidentified man, who prosecutors said was never found, is also seen hitting Washington numerous times with a piece of lumber. A good Samaritan who tried to intervene and stop the melee was punched in the face twice.
Terrell, 23, was found guilty of first-degree gang assault and assault with intent to cause serious injury with a weapon. McCray, 23, and Brackman, 24, were convicted of second-degree gang assault and second-degree assault. Montanez, 29, was found guilty of third-degree assault and second-degree gang assault.
They are set to appear in court again on April 5 where they each could face up to 25 years in prison.
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