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Far Rockaway man convicted in fatal shooting of family friend

Wilfred Labossiere, 33, of Queens, is escorted into court during his trial on murder, assault and weapons charges.
Photo Credit: Mike Balsamo

A Queens man may find himself spending the rest of his life behind bars after a jury found him guilty of murdering a family friend and shooting his son’s grandmother in front of her Elmont home, Nassau County prosecutors said March 24.

Wilfred Labossiere, 33, of Far Rockaway, was convicted Monday of murder, assault and weapons charges stemming from the Nov. 26, 2012 incident that killed 29-year-old Christopher Mullings and left 53-year-old Sandra Clarke shot in the hip.

“While nothing can undo the pain caused by Mr. Labossiere, today’s guilty verdict gives a measure of justice for his victims' loved ones, and ensures that this defendant will be held accountable for his crimes,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Monday.

In a trial that lasted more than a week, witnesses testified the incident turned deadly when Labossiere argued with Mullings after a face-to-face verbal dispute and a “heated” cell phone call between the men.

The kerfuffle came to a head in the doorway of Clarke’s home on Oakley Avenue in Elmont as the two men argued and then threatened each other before Labossiere allegedly pulled out a gun and fired four shots from a handgun. The gunfire killed Mullings and injured Clarke.

Seconds before the shooting, Mullings’ brother, Dwight Leech, pulled out an iPhone and rolled video, which prosecutors said captured the crime unfold.

Labossiere’s defense lawyer, Anthony Grandinette, said the shooting was self-defense, adding his client was in fear for his life when he pulled out the gun. Labossiere also took the witness stand and testified he saw Mullings motion toward his pocket after mentioning a gun.

Prosecutors rebutted the claim, saying the video showed Mullings’ hands the entire time. They also said no weapon was recovered near his body.

Jurors had been deliberating in the case since last Friday.

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