Hempstead, NY - June 3, 2015 - Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a jury today found a Hempstead man charged in the fatal shooting of another man in 2011 guilty on all counts in the case.
After several hours of deliberation, a jury found Michael Gibson, 35, of Hempstead, guilty today of all counts from his 2012 indictment: Murder in the 2nd Degree (an A-1 violent felony) and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree (a C violent felony). Gibson faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison at his sentencing before Acting Supreme Court Justice Jerald Carter on July 16.
“This defendant stopped his car, approached a bar fight with a gun drawn, shot and killed a man, then tried to run from his crime,” Acting DA Singas said. “Thanks to the efforts of police and parole officers, and our prosecutorial team, he’ll be held accountable for this senseless violence.”
Acting DA Singas said that at approximately 3 a.m. on September 3, 2011, a fight between two groups of men was occurring outside the Seduccion night club in Hempstead when Gibson happened to drive by and see friends of his involved in the scene. Gibson pulled over approximately a block away, walked to the scene with a gun raised at the group, and shot a 23-year-old man once in the neck.
Acting DA Singas said that on September 3, 2011 at approximately 3 a.m., a group of young men were engaged in a fight outside of Seduccion night club located at 306b Main Street in Hempstead. Gibson arrived by car in the vicinity of the club, circled the block and observed his friends engaged in the fight near the intersection of Main Street and Sammis Place. He parked down the block. He then exited, ran out of the car towards the fight, and raised and fired a gun one time at the group. The victim was shot once in the neck.
Gibson fled the scene immediately, and fled Nassau County.
Gibson’s victim was pronounced dead almost immediately at Winthrop-University Hospital. Gibson was tracked down by the Nassau County Police Department Homicide Squad and arrested by New York State parole officers in North Carolina in December of 2011.
Assistant District Attorneys Lauren Nickerson and Rachel Lasry of Acting DA Singas’ Major Offense Bureau are prosecuting the case. Gibson is represented by Joe Lo Piccolo, Esq and Darlene Goldberg, Esq.