Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Dewayne Henry was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for fatally shooting a 65-year-old grocery clerk, Jorge Marte, during a botched robbery in Jamaica in 2011. Henry has been incarcerated on unrelated charges for much of the time since the murder.
District Attorney Katz expressed her hope for closure for Marte’s family, stating, “Today’s sentencing provides long overdue closure for the family of Jorge Marte. I trust they took comfort in describing to the defendant the anguish and pain he violently forced upon them. I hope they find solace in knowing that the man who killed their loved one is going to prison for a very long time.”
Henry, 45, of Long Street in Jamaica, was convicted in February of murder in the second degree, attempted robbery in the first degree, and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. Queens Criminal Court Judge Michael Aloise sentenced Henry to 25 years to life in prison, to be followed by 5 years of post-release supervision.