A 24-year-old Queens Village man has been convicted of eight counts of robbery following a jury trial in September and sentenced to 80 years in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Dayson Fernandez was sentenced on April 4 by Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak for a nine-day robbery spree that he carried out in July 2014, during which he held up four livery drivers at gunpoint, stealing cash, jewelry and cell phones,
During the incidents, Fernandez got into livery cabs, displayed a firearm and threatened to shoot the cab’s drivers.
He repeatedly punched one victim in the head and choked him with a seatbelt before taking the driver’s wallet, which contained $500 in cash. In another incident, he stole $70 in cash, a debit card, gold chain and the driver’s wallet. And during two other robberies, he took $300 and $400, respectively, the DA said.
“The defendant preyed on hard-working livery drivers, robbing them at gunpoint of hundreds of dollars, mobile phones and jewelry,” Brown said. “Someone could have easily been killed or injured during the commission of these crimes.”