Queens Man Sentenced
A 30-year-old Queens Village man has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the October 2013 shooting death of a man outside a strip club in Woodside, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Dwayne Johnson, of 107th Avenue in Queens Village, pleaded guilty this month to first-degree manslaughter before Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory L. Lasak, who sentenced the defendant to 22 years in prison that will be followed by five years’ post release supervision.
“As a result of this brazen crime, the children of the victim will never see their father again. And the defendant—a father as well—will be locked away for a long term of incarceration. Violence has no place in a civilized society,” the DA said.
According to court documents, a sergeant with the city’s Police Department was assisting with crowd control outside of the Perfection Nightclub on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway service road in Woodside around 4 a.m. on Oct. 5, 2013. The sergeant spotted Johnson point a firearm at Allah Howell. The defendant fired several shots, hitting the victim in the chest. Bullets pierced Howell’s lung and heart, killing him.
The defendant immediately fled the scene on foot with the police sergeant pursuing him, according to court records. Johnson was apprehended hiding in a nearby cemetery, the DA said. A .38 caliber revolver— with a mixture of the defendant’s DNA on it—was recovered behind a building the defendant had passed on his way to the cemetery.