NYC gangbanger sentenced to life in 2000 Father’s Day shooting

A Bronx drug dealer has been sentenced to life in prison for ordering a hit at a Father’s Day barbecue that left an innocent bystander paralyzed for a decade before finally succumbing to his injuries.

Ralph Berry, 55, was convicted last year of ordering the June 21, 2000 shooting of a rival gangbanger at the William McKinley Houses complex in the Bronx, leaving bystander Caprice Jones paralyzed, US Attorneys for the Southern said District on Monday with.

The case became a homicide in November 2010 when Jones died as a result of his injuries.

But it was over 10 more years before Jones was charged in the now fatal shooting – and until September 2021 before a jury convicted him.

A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office declined to comment on Tuesday why it took more than two decades to solve the case.

“Ralph Berry in cold blood ordered the shooting of a rival drug dealer, resulting in the senseless murder of Caprice Jones,” US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement.

“Jones was just enjoying a Father’s Day barbecue when his life changed forever,” Williams said. “As a result of Berry’s actions, Jones became paralyzed and eventually died from his injuries 10 years later.

William McKinley homes in the Bronx.
Caprice Jones was paralyzed and later died after being hit by a stray bullet in a June 21, 2000 gang shooting at William McKinley Houses in the Bronx.

“Berry has now been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison,” he said.

Prosecutors said Berry was the head of a violent drug gang that worked out of the housing project and ordered hits to take out a rival dealer amid a turf war.

The shooter opened fire at the cookout, which took place on the McKinley Houses basketball courts, and hit Jones, prosecutors said.

A federal grand jury indicted Berry on conspiracy and drug charges in January 2020, and he was arrested in Pennsylvania the next month, court records show.

He was nailed on Aug. 19, 2021 with a substitute charge accusing him of running a criminal enterprise involving murder, among other things, records show.

Berry was convicted by a federal jury on September 28, 2021.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/13/nyc-gangbanger-hit-with-life-sentence-in-two-decade-old-fathers-day-shooting/ NYC gangbanger sentenced to life in 2000 Father’s Day shooting

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