The heartbroken mother of a US Army veteran who was stabbed to death in a Harlem brawl lashed out at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in court on Wednesday, accusing the beleaguered prosecutor of botching the case.
“I don’t want to hear anything else, Yoran,” Madeline Brame yelled at prosecutor Dafna Yoran as one of the defendants in her son’s murder case got just seven years for his role in the 2018 murder case.
“Take that Restorative Justice Bulls-t and shove it up your ass,” Brame yelled outside the Manhattan Supreme Court. “Not for murder.”
The courtroom outburst came as defendant Travis Stewart got his sentence on his wrist after pleading guilty to committing a gang attack in a deal with Bragg’s office.
Brame’s son, Hason Correa, 35, a veterinarian and married father of three, was beaten and stabbed to death in 2018 after he was jumped on by at least four people, including Stewart, during a scuffle in Harlem. His 66-year-old father was seriously injured in the melee.
Another defendant, Mary Saunders, served about a year in prison while the case lingered in court before pleading guilty to assault earlier this year, also on a plea bargain, and received no additional jail time.
Her two brothers, James and Chris Saunders, remain in prison and are both facing trial for murder, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said earlier this year that it would be difficult to bring a case against Stewart and Mary Saunders.
But the grieving mother of the killed vet slammed prosecutors at the case, accusing her of wanting to sit “with her tail between her legs” because she was assigned to do so.
Brame said if the original prosecutor on the case, who has since left Bragg’s office, were still there, “all four [the defendants] would have gone to trial,” predicting that “a jury would have found them guilty based on the video evidence and the 33 witnesses!”
She also unloaded on defender Toni Messina.
“Bulls – t! Bulls-t! Bulls-t!” Brame screamed in court. “Take your restorative progressive justice cops and shove them up your ass, Messina!”
Bragg’s office indicated that James and Chris Saunders would still face court charges if approached for comment.
Prosecutors said that while Stewart, 34, was involved in the fight, he was not involved in the brawl when James Saunders allegedly pulled a knife and stabbed Correa nine times.
Yoran also said during Mary Saunders’ hearing earlier this year that prosecutors “do not believe we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mary Saunders knew her brother had a knife or that she shared an intent to kill Hason Correa.” .
In a scathing letter to Bragg and Gov. Kathy Hochul earlier this month, Brame slammed prosecutors for not consulting them before finalizing the plea deals with Stewart and Mary Saunders.
“You have violated my right as a crime victim to be fully informed and heard,” the grieving mother wrote. “Why would you dismiss the murder charges against half the participants when the murder and their roles were caught on video?”
In court Wednesday, Brame’s pain continued to surface.
“In the four years that I’ve been through this, I haven’t missed a court date,” she said. “I haven’t seen an ounce of remorse from Mr. Stewart. I saw smiles, waves, blow kisses like he was a rock star. Not a drop!
“He took everything from us when he took my son. He took the father of my grandchildren with him.”
https://nypost.com/2022/06/29/grieving-mom-of-slain-vet-berates-manhattan-da-alvin-bragg/ Murdered veterinarian’s grieving mother berates Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg