Officials announced on Monday, A Long Island man sentenced to 24 years of life in prison. He has been accused of the shooting death of a beloved restaurant owner Louis Barbati in Brooklyn.
Death of Louis Barbati
Louis Barbati was the long time co-owner of the famous Brooklyn pizzeria. The Restaurant has been featured in several TV shows. Also, it has been run by his family for four generations.
According to officials, the evidence on June 30, 2016, at about 6:40 p.m., the victim, Louis Barbati, 61, left his restaurant located at 2725 86th Street.
Later the 61-year-old owner of L&B Spumoni Gardens in Gravesend was ambushed outside his home in Dyker Heights. Also, he was carrying a plastic bag with $15,483 in cash when he was killed.
The Long Island Man Sentenced To 24 Years
The District Attorney recognised the defendant as Andres (“Andy”) Fernandez(45), of Melville, Long Island.
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said: “This defendant is now facing the serious consequences for the brazen ambush murder of an innocent and beloved local business owner right outside of his home. Nothing will bring him back, but I hope this significant sentence brings some small measure of solace to his heartbroken family and friends.”
On December 9, 2019, following a jury trial, the defendant was convicted to 24 years. In other words, for second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
The Planned Murder
According to the evidence, about an hour earlier, the defendant, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses. The convict was in the vicinity of the victim’s home on 12th Avenue in Dyker Heights and waited, the evidence shows. Then, the victim arrived at his home, parked his car on the side of the house and got out holding the bag of cash, at about 7 p.m.
The defendant then came out from his holding spot. Then walked across the street and shot the victim several times, killing him.
Also, he later ran, without taking the money and entered a late-model Acura and fled. According to the evidence, in addition to being at the murder scene, the defendant was also present at L&B Spumoni Gardens earlier that day.
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Surveillance images of the defendant were circulated across the New York City Police Department. Due to which several witnesses identified him. On November 3, 2016, he was arrested by federal authorities.