Michael Hall Sentenced to 21 Years in Prison for Far Rockaway Deli Murder

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QUEENS, NY – A man who shot and killed another in cold blood outside a Far Rockaway deli in December of 2019 has been sentenced to 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter last month. Michael Hall, 36, killed a 45-year-old man outside the deli on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said, “Gun violence is an epidemic that has brought too much heartache to our communities. Last month, the defendant admitted guilt in the December 2019 shooting that took the life of a man in Far Rockaway. He has now been sentenced by the Court and will spend a lengthy time in prison as punishment for his callous actions.”

Hall, of Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Far Rockaway, Queens, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree before Queens Supreme Court Justice Ushir Pandit-Durant last month. Justice Pandit-Durant today imposed the sentence of 21 years in prison, to be followed by five years’ post release supervision.

According to Court records, “At approximately 6:15 p.m., on December 18, 2019, the defendant encountered 45-year-old Dion Gumby in front of a deli convenience store near the intersection of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 88th Street. Video surveillance footage shows the two men exchanged words  before the defendant pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots. The victim was struck in the abdomen, torso and arm. Mr. Gumby succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.”

The defendant fled from the scene and was arrested approximately two weeks later.