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The man who fatally struck a beloved East Village vendor when he plowed his car into the worker while high on PCP and methamphetamine was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder, aggravated vehicular homicide and other charges. Shaun Martin, 35, was high on drugs while speeding down Second Avenue on the morning of June 19, 2013, when his Nissan Altima suddenly cut across three lanes of traffic, and struck three workers at the Village Farm and Grocery, including Mohammed Akkas Ali, 62, at the corner of East Fourth Street and Second Avenue, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

DA Vance announced the trial conviction of Shaun Martin for killing 62-year-old Mohammed Akkas Ali and seriously injuring two of Ali’s coworkers by crashing his car into the East Village Farm and Grocery Store while under the influence of drugs. Martin was convicted following a bench trial in New York State Supreme Court of all of the charges against him, including Murder in the Second Degree, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, and Assault and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degrees, among other charges. He is expected to be sentenced on September 21, 2016.  

DA Vance, NYPD Commissioner Bratton, and Waterfront Commissioner Goldstock announced the indictment of more than 20 individuals for multiple schemes involving the distribution of marijuana and oxycodone pills, an illegal gambling operation, and tax fraud. The defendants are charged in multiple New York State Supreme Court indictments with crimes including Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second and Third Degrees, Criminal Sale of Marijuana in the First Degree, Criminal Tax Fraud in the Third Degree, Promoting Gambling in the First Degree, and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, among other charges.

A New York State Supreme Court judge on Wednesday ordered a general contractor to air televised public-service announcements about worksite safety as punishment for its role in the 2015 death of an Ecuadorean immigrant at a Manhattan job site. 

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today received the Presidential Award of Excellence at the National Black Prosecutors Association’s (NBPA) 33rd Annual Conference in St. Louis. The award was given in recognition of the Office’s promotion of innovative criminal justice initiatives, such as Saturday Night Lights and the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution, and its continued support for the organization.