The girlfriend of a Jamaica man—who was being held on Rikers Island and awaiting trial on two armed home invasions—has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for plotting with the defendant and his father to hire a hitman to kill multiple witness who were slated to testify at trial, the Queens district attorney said.
Latisha Larrymore, 33, who lives on 146th Street in Jamaica, pleaded guilty to second-degree conspiracy in January 2018 before Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise, who sentenced Larrymore on May 3.
According to the charges, Larrymore’s boyfriend—Edward Leasure, who was 36 at the time of his arrest—was charged with committing two armed home invasions on March 16, 2015 during which the homes’ occupants were in fear of serious physical injury or death. Leasure was held on $200,000 bail following his arraignment on March 18, 2015, Queens DA Richard Brown said.
Larrymore and Leasure’s father, Eddie Marcus, conspired with Leasure between April 29, 2016 and May 12, 2016 to hire someone to murder witnesses who were due to testify at Leasure’s then-pending home invasion trial. Marcus approached a person known to the investigation and asked them to kill multiple witnesses in exchange for money. Marcus provided the names and addresses of the witnesses and a time frame within which they should be killed, the DA said.
Larrymore was overheard on recorded conversations discussing the payment for the hitman’s services and how the murders should be carried out. Additionally, Larrymore advised the hired killer that she knew someone who could sell him a gun with a silencer. At the time of her arrest, Larrymore told police that Leasure worried about witnesses and that she received a call from him telling her to meet with his father. She was told that Marcus had found a “lawyer”—which was code for hitman—who would take care of the situation. Larrymore said that the hitman wanted $4,000 up front, and that the rest of the money would be paid after Leasure was released from jail.
Leasure pleaded guilty on Aug. 22, 2016 to second-degree conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree burglary in the home invasion cases. He was sentenced to 12 to 24 years in prison on the conspiracy plea and 24 years on the burglary plea. Marcus, 55, who lives in South Ozone Park, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in January 2018 and was sentenced on Feb. 14 to three to nine years in prison.