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As Manhattan’s district attorney, it is my responsibility to make our criminal justice system fairer, more efficient and more effective for all. And if we are going to build a more just system, we must begin by safely reducing unnecessary contact with the criminal justice system. Each new initiative contemplated by my office is scrutinized through that lens, and if a past policy inhibits that goal or contributes to an injustice, we have a duty to reform it.

A black man who said he was angry at whites and started punching people in Union Square, killing one of them, was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years in prison. The victim, who was white, died after the blow knocked him to the ground and his head struck the pavement during the assault, which unfolded in the middle of the afternoon on Sept. 4, 2013. In early July, a jury in State Supreme Court in Manhattan convicted the assailant, Lashawn Marten, 40, of manslaughter as a hate crime, assault and attempted assault.

DA Vance today announced the sentencing of Lashawn Marten, 44, to 25 years in state prison for striking three victims, including one fatally, in Union Square after making several bias-related threats. On July 5, 2017, a New York Supreme Court jury found the defendant guilty of Manslaughter in the First Degree as a Hate Crime, Assault in the Second Degree as a Hate Crime, and Attempted Assault in the Second Degree as a Hate Crime.

A disgraced New York State Senate candidate was sentenced to three to six years in prison Wednesday for ripping off more than a dozen people in a Craigslist rent scam. Jon Girodes, 39, previously took a plea deal for defrauding his victims out of more than $63,000, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He listed his luxury Midtown pad for $1100 a month, took hefty deposits from 13 victims then refused to hand over the keys from August to September of 2016, authorities said.

DA Vance announced the sentencing of John Kojo Zi to 4-to-12 years in years in state prison for stealing titles to five buildings on the Upper West Side and in Hamilton Heights by filing forged deed transfers with the New York City Register’s Office. On July 11, 2017, the defendant was convicted by a New York State Supreme Court jury of all of the charges in the indictment against him, including Grand Larceny in the First and Second Degrees, Forgery in the Second Degree, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, among other charges.