Anthony Trimble was found guilty by Nassau jury in 15 minutes
MINEOLA, N.Y. – Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a known Bloods gang member was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for possessing a handgun on a Hempstead street in July 2014.
Anthony Trimble, 23, of Hempstead, was convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree (a C violent felony) by a Nassau County jury in just 15 minutes on Nov. 17, after a trial that lasted five days.
The defendant, who has two open cases in Nassau County, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision by Court of Claims Judge Philip Grella.
“Gang activity is far too prevalent in Nassau County and thankfully this dangerous gang member will now be off our streets,” Acting DA Singas said. “Working in partnership with the Hempstead and Nassau County police departments, we prosecuted this defendant and will continue to work together to help eradicate the gang problem in our communities.”
Acting DA Singas said that on July 1, 2014 at about 7:40 p.m., the defendant was observed with the outline of a handgun in his right shorts pocket as he walked northbound on Terrace Avenue in Hempstead by plainclothes Hempstead Police Department detectives. As the officers approached Trimble, the defendant ran and a foot pursuit ensued. One of the detectives followed the defendant into a vacant lot behind 91 Terrace Avenue where he observed the defendant throw what appeared to be a small handgun over a fence and into the rear yard of 5 Ryan Court, Hempstead.
The defendant began walking back towards Terrace Avenue and was apprehended by the detective. After placing the defendant in custody, the detective looked over the fence and observed and recovered a small black Beretta .25 caliber pistol that had five rounds in the magazine and one round in the chamber.
Trimble is represented by Joshua Kahn, Esq.