Bronx man sentenced for shooting deaths of Iraq war veteran and his best friend

Posted On: July 25, 2008 at 8:33 AM By: DanNY

BRONX – District Attorney Robert Johnson Thursday announced that a 23-year-old Bronx man has been sentenced for his role in the shooting deaths of a war veteran and his best friend in November 2003.

State Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrett sentenced Apolinar Roque to concurrent maximum terms of 25 years imprisonment on two counts of Manslaughter in the first degree.

Roque, of 1165 East 229th Street, the Bronx, pled guilty on November 16, 2006 for his role in the fatal shooting of Robert Melendez, 24, and Kristopher Jimenez, 18, during a robbery attempt at the Boston-Secor Houses in the Edenwald section of the Bronx.

Melendez, who had served a tour of duty in Iraq, was shot and killed two weeks before his 25th birthday and three months after being honorably discharged from the Army. Jimenez and he were sitting on a bench in a courtyard at the housing complex when Roque and an accomplice, Marlon Henry, 23, approached the pair and demanded their valuables. The two friends were shot and killed while attempting to resist the gunpoint robbery.

Henry, of 1958 Adee Avenue, was sentenced in July 2007 to consecutive terms of 14 years imprisonment on each count after pleading guilty at the start of his trial to two counts of Manslaughter in the first degree.

Original story here.

The sentence seems too lenient to me. Bring back the death penalty in New York State!

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