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Woodside Man Sentenced to 33 years

Gino Florencia (Photo courtesy Queens DA)

Jan. 19, 2011 Staff Report

A Woodside man was sentenced to 33 years in prison on Wednesday, after pleading guilty last month to the October 2009 killing of a Sunnyside resident and then trying to hire a hit man to kill two witnesses who were expected to testify against him.

Gino Florencia, 32, killed Edison Vera in a courtyard on 48th Street and then met with an undercover cop at Rikers Island in September to organize the killing of the witnesses to the shooting. He said he would pay $2,000 for the hit.

Florencia gave the undercover cop a $500 down payment through a third party.

Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak called Florencia’s attempted hit “an affront to our system of justice.”

The judge said he reluctantly agreed to the plea deal after prosecutors convinced him it was in the best interests of justice.

“In my opinion, you deserve a life sentence,” Lasak told Florencia.

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I still can’t believe this piece of shit scum bag only got 33 yrs!! You have inmates who are i’n for life who never murdered anybody!!! But if this guy makes it out alive at 64 yrs old his life is over regardless!! And that is still not justice enough!!


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