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Shooter faces 25 years in Rich Hill pawn slay

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A Brooklyn man faces up to 25 years in prison after he was convicted Friday in the 2006 murder of a flamboyant Richmond Hill pawnshop owner, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Demetrious Greene, 32, of 647 Watkins St. in Brooklyn, entered the Rich-Atlantic Gold & Silver Exchange pawn shop at 118-20 Atlantic Ave. Jan. 19, 2006, when he tried to rob the store’s owner, Brown said.

During the robbery, Greene shot 40-year-old Richard Schoenfeld of Merrick, L.I., twice, killing him, the DA said.

Greene was convicted Friday of murder, attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon by a jury trial before Queens Supreme Court Judge Gregory Lasak, Brown said.

Greene is set to be sentenced July 29, according to the DA.

“This case is another clear example of the lethal consequences of senseless gun violence,” Brown said in a statement.

Schoenfeld’s neighbors on his upscale Merrick block said the pawn shop owner had expensive tastes that were outrageous even for the upper-class community.

Schoenfeld owned a yellow Ferrari, black Bentley and G500 Mercedes, according to a neighbor, and his driveway was fitted with reddish stones shaped into diamonds.

Reach reporter Howard Koplowitz by e-mail at hkoplowitz@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 173.

Posted 6:35 pm, October 10, 2011
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