Television actor Isaiah Stokes, 41, has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a New York man in February.
A grand jury Friday indicted Stokes on charges of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the death of Tyrone Jones, 37, of Queens Village. Stokes has appeared in “Law & Order,” “Power” and “Boardwalk Empire,” among other television series. Footage of the shooting, which occurred on Feb. 7, shows Stokes exiting a vehicle near the intersection of Linden Boulevard and 200th Street and then firing close to a dozen rounds into a parked Jeep Grand Cherokee.
A police source told New York Daily News that Stokes and Jones had gotten into a fight four months before the shooting at Jones’ birthday party in a nightclub in Long Island City in October. The fight broke out when Stokes allegedly hit on Jones’ girlfriend, the source said. Four months later, police said Jones was waiting to meet a woman in the rented Jeep around a mile from his home when he was ambushed by a gunman [Daily Mail].
Stokes is due to appear in court Monday and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted [ABC News]. His death comes amid a surge in violence in New York, with shootings up 29 percent so far in 2021 and fears mounting that the city is headed back to the dark days of the ’70s and ’80s when it earned the nickname ‘Fear City’.
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