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Albert Massie, 39, of 30 Fleet Walk in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn intentionally stabbed Ignatius Beharry, 55, of 135-54 127th St. during an attempted burglary of his home at around 10:35 a.m. on Dec. 1, Brown said, citing the criminal charges. Massie also beat the victim's son, Mark Beharry, 24, who tried to help his father, a construction worker, fight off Massie during the incident, Brown added.Mark Beharry was in court to hear Massie plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault, but said he did not get the chance to speak to him. In an interview at his home later, he said he was not sure what he would say to Massie, but added: "I will get my chance to talk to him.""(Massie) said he didn't have intent to kill, but that's bull----," Mark Beharry said, because Massie forced his way into the house with a knife and what turned out to be a fake pistol."All I saw was him and my dad going at it," he added.While Mark Beharry was in a struggle with Massie, he said he pulled the gun out of Massie's hands and tossed the weapon behind him. "(The ordeal) took a minute or less," he said.Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Chin Brandt indicated that she will sentence Massie to 28 years in prison on May 18, according to Brown.Mark Beharry said he would like Massie's sentence to be more severe."Basically he should have life," Beharry said."The penalty of a long term of imprisonment to be imposed by the court is more than warranted," Brown said.According to court records, Massie has an extensive criminal history that dates back to 1986. He has been charged 10 times, mostly on robbery charges. In 1999, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for first-degree attempted robbery. The relatively harsh sentence for that crime was handed out because of his prior convictions. He was paroled on Aug. 21, 2004, which he violated during the Dec. 2004 incident. Reach reporter Howard Koplowitz by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 173.
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