Queens Man Sentenced to More Than 30 Years’ Imprisonment for Murdering Employee of Long Island Convenience Store During a Robbery
Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Jermaine Jackson was sentenced by United States District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein to 365 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by five years’ supervised release, for the murder of Edwin Lopez, an employee of a convenience store in Valley Stream, New York. Jackson pleaded guilty to the charge in December 2017.
Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent-in-Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Patrick J. Ryder, Commissioner, Nassau County Police Department (NCPD), and James P. O’Neill, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the sentence.
“Jackson senselessly murdered a hard-working man who was just trying to support his wife and teenage daughter. While this sentence cannot return Mr. Lopez to his family and community, it will ensure that others will be protected from Jackson for decades to come and it will make other criminals think twice before taking a life,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “It is my hope that today’s sentence brings some measure of closure for the Lopez family.”
“The actions of Mr. Jackson brought an unknowable grief to the Lopez family that will be felt for years to come,” stated ATF Special Agent-in-Charge Benedict. “Today’s sentence provides some semblance of closure to a family that never deserved to be touched by this senseless violence. May Mr. Jackson spend every minute of his sentence pondering his grievous actions and the toll they took on an innocent family. I would like to thank our partners in the NCPD and NYPD that stand shoulder to shoulder with ATF in the fight against violent criminals like Mr. Jackson. I would also like to thank the United States Attorney’s Office for their work in prosecuting the case.”
“The sentencing today of defendant Jermaine Jackson for murder and robbery is a clear example of how unjust criminal activity will be dealt with by law enforcement,” stated NCPD Commissioner Ryder. “Although no sentence is ever enough, hopefully this will bring some closure to the Lopez family. I would also like to credit all of the agencies and members involved during this investigation on a job well done.”
On December 16, 2016, Jackson and a coconspirator entered the Al Mini Market wearing a mask over the lower portion of his face and brandishing a semi-automatic handgun. Jackson held the store’s employees at gunpoint while the coconspirator attempted to steal money from the cash register. Lopez, a store employee, grabbed a bottle and resisted the robbery at which point Jackson shot him once. Jackson then attempted to leave the store but Lopez chased him. Jackson turned around and shot Lopez several more times, killing him. Jackson and his coconspirator fled, empty-handed.
The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division. Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Caffarone is in charge of the prosecution.
Queens Village, New York
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 17-CR-140 (SJF)