Tyshaun Phillips, 23, opened fire into a crowd, killing a college student
Mineola, NY – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced today that a Bronx man was sentenced to 23 years in prison for a 2014 fatal nightclub shooting in Garden City.
Tyshaun Phillips, 23, pleaded guilty on June 6 before Supreme Court Judge William Donnino to charges of manslaughter in the first degree (a B violent felony) and assault in the first degree (a B violent felony).
“This defendant terrorized a packed nightclub and killed an innocent young man when he wildly shot into the crowd after a fight,” DA Singas said. “Emmanuel Barnett was a promising electrical engineering student at Queensborough Community College when his life was tragically cut short by Phillips and I hope that this sentence will bring a measure of comfort to his family.”
DA Singas said on March 16, 2014 at about 3:30 a.m., Phillips was part of a crowd thrown out of Mint Nightclub after a large fight broke out. The defendant then came back into the vestibule area of the club armed with a .40 caliber handgun and shot the weapon several times into a crowded area, striking two people. Phillips was later identified by witnesses who were present at the shooting.
Emmanuel Barnett, 21, was shot in the head and died at Winthrop-University Hospital on March 21, after being on life support. The second victim was shot in the leg and survived.
Phillips was on parole for a 2011 felony drug conviction in Queens County and was arrested at a parole office in the Bronx by Nassau County Police homicide detectives on March 26, 2014 for the crime.
Assistant District Attorney Ania Pulaski of DA Singas’ Major Offense Bureau is prosecuting the case. Phillips is represented by Jeffrey Groder, Esq.