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July 1, 2010

Queens Village Man Gets 80 Years to Life for Shooting at Police Officers During 2009 Robbery Getaway

Led Nassau cops on two-mile chase into Queens; bullets hit police car, narrowly missing officers

MINEOLA, NY - Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Queens Village man has been sentenced to 80 years to life in prison for attempted murder, robbery, and burglary charges for shooting at Nassau County police officers while he and three others led police on a high-speed chase after an Elmont home invasion.

Isaac Holland, 26, was convicted on May 17 of four counts of Attempted Murder in the First Degree; four counts of Robbery in the First Degree, four counts of Burglary in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree, four counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree.

Rice said that in the early morning hours of April 4, 2009, Holland and three other defendants, all armed, broke into a Dorothea Lane home in Elmont, bound a man and his parents with duct tape and fled the scene in a van after stealing cell phones and cash.

One of the victims was able to break free and managed to call 911. Two responding officers chased the suspects across the border into Queens. During the chase, Holland fired his .44 handgun through the back window of the van, hitting the hood of the police car and narrowly missing the officers. The two officers returned fire and the van came to a stop. The suspects attempted to flee on foot, but were apprehended.

The three other suspects all pleaded guilty to various charges: Jonathan Spencer, 24, of St. Albans, pleaded guilty to Robbery in the First Degree; Matthew Romain, 33, of Jamaica pleaded guilty to Burglary in the First Degree, and Gary Spencer, 51, of Jamaica pleaded guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree.

“This violent and brazen attack on a sleeping family and two Nassau County police officers left a wake of destruction across two counties,” Rice said. “Today’s sentence sends the message that those who terrorize our homes and attack our police officers will spend the rest of their lives in a prison cell.”

Assistant District Attorney Martin Meaney of the Major Offense Bureau is handling the case for the DA’s Office. The defendant was represented by Lori Golumbek, Esq.