A Hempstead man was convicted Tuesday on murder and weapons charges after he allegedly shot another man to death, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.
Diquan McClough, 21, was found guilty Oct. 1 after a jury deliberated for less than an hour on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Prosecutors said the trial lasted eight days.
According to the district attorney’s office, McClough fatally shot 20-year-old Quavis Ford on Dec. 8, 2012 in front of the victim’s apartment house on Terrace Avenue in Hempstead. McClough was accused of striking Ford with three bullets – two in the back and one in the left leg – after allegedly firing six rounds from the 9mm semi-automatic handgun. Ford died the following day.
Prosecutors said McClough targeted Ford because he believed the victim had been involved in a previous shooting of his friend. After the murder, McClough allegedly fled to Augusta, Ga., but was apprehended by Nassau detectives and US Marshals in January.
“This senseless killing ended a young man’s life and left his family irrevocably damaged,” Rice said. “While nothing can undo the damage Mr. McClough has caused, I hope that today’s verdict provides some solace to the victim’s family. The efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies combined with overwhelming evidence made this afternoon’s verdict inevitable.”
In a news release, prosecutors said the jury rejected claims by McClough attorney that there was insufficient evidence to prove his client pulled the trigger. The Garden City-based defense attorney, Glenn Hardy, was not immediately available for comment.
McClough faces 25 years behind bars when he is sentenced on Nov. 13.