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Manhattan Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Christmas Eve Murder

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that FRANK BRIGHT was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in prison for the murder of Amaury Paulino on December 24, 2014.  BRIGHT shot and killed Paulino during the course of a gunpoint robbery in the vicinity of St. Nicholas Avenue and West 129th Street in Manhattan. BRIGHT was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla, before whom BRIGHT previously pled guilty to a robbery conspiracy offense. 

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “On Christmas Eve in 2014, Frank Bright shot and killed Amaury Paulino during a robbery.  For committing this terrible crime, Frank Bright will now serve 20 years in prison.  We thank our partners at the NYPD and the DEA for their outstanding work pursuing justice for Mr. Paulino and for his family.”

According to the allegations contained in the Indictment and statements made in related court filings and proceedings:

On December 24, 2014, BRIGHT and an accomplice robbed Amaury Paulino in the vicinity of St. Nicholas Avenue and West 129th Street in Manhattan.  During the course of the robbery, BRIGHT shot and killed Paulino.

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In addition to the prison term, BRIGHT, 32, of New York, New York, was sentenced to three years of supervised release.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the New York City Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael D. Longyear, Justin V. Rodriguez, Jordan L. Estes, Jason A. Richman, and Gina Castellano are in charge of the prosecution.

Updated August 22, 2019

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 19-273