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Roosevelt man convicted of murder in fatal shooting

Jonathan Mack, 20, of Roosevelt, was convicted of second-degree murder and second-degree weapons possession in connection with a fatal shooting in Uniondale.
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A Long Island man was convicted Tuesday on murder and weapons charges after prosecutors said he fatally shot another man after the victim allegedly intervened in an argument on a Uniondale street.

Jonathan Mack, 20, of Roosevelt, was convicted of second-degree murder and second-degree weapons possession after a 10-day non-jury trial. At his next court appearance in October, Mack could be sentenced to life in prison. His attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

Prosecutors said Mack had been involved in an argument with a woman on Hill Street in Uniondale on June 30, 2013. Assistant District Attorney Daryl Levy said the dispute had been about money and escalated when the victim, 34-year-old Isaac Andrews, of Uniondale, approached and intervened. That’s when Mack allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Andrews three times in the front of his body and then once in the back as he was falling, prosecutors said.

The victim was taken by private vehicle to Nassau University Medical Center after the shooting, authorities said. Jessica Ellerbe, an emergency medical technician with the Uniondale Fire Department, said the driver of that car had approached her on Uniondale Avenue asking for an emergency escort. Ellerbe testified that she saw “there was someone shot in the back.” Officials said Andrews later died at the hospital. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Mack “cruelly ended the life of a young man in a shocking display of violence in broad daylight.”

Authorities said Mack fled the state after the fatal shooting. Cops received a Crime Stoppers tip which led them to find he was staying with his brother in Florida. He was later arrested by Nassau County homicide detectives in Bradenton, Fla. Investigators interrogated him and Mack allegedly confessed in a statement he gave to police.

Mack’s lawyer, Brian Carmody, has said the incident was “not intentional murder,” telling State Supreme Court Judge George Peck that his client was justified. Carmody said Andrews had been the aggressor in the situation. He said his client told police he saw the handle of a gun. “He never, ever, ever said Isaac didn’t have a gun.”