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Far Rockaway men to get at least 50 years for slays

Two men, including one from Far Rockaway, face up to 50 years to life in prison after they were convicted Friday in the 2005 murders of a man and a woman and the attempted murder of two men, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Naim Muhammad, 25, of 22-29 Dix Ave., in Far Rockaway and Antoine Singleton, 27, of 724 E. 103rd St. in Brooklyn, went inside the Beach Houses, a public housing project in Far Rockaway, after a party at 3 a.m. on Dec. 11, 2005, when they fatally shot 23-year-old Derrick Samuel five times and Jeanette “Nikki” Bostick, 23, once in the chest, killing her, Brown said.

The DA said the shooters also fired at Jeffrey Roddy and Terrell Johnson, but did not strike the men.

Muhammad and Singleton were convicted of murder, attempted murder and criminal possession of a weaponfollowing a jury trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory L. Lasak, who set the pair’s sentencing for Dec. 15. They face up to 50 years to life in prison at sentencing, Brown said.

“This case is another example of the senseless direction by two men to carry and repeatedly fire illegal handguns inside a Far Rockaway public housing development. In the end, a young man and woman saw their lives cut short too soon and the defendants face the prospect of life in prison,” Brown said in a statement. “The crime is a shocking example of mindless gun-related violence that takes innocent lives and recklessly endangers public safety.”

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

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