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Member Of Russian Organized Crime Group Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To 20 Years In Prison For Ordering Murder Of Two Individuals

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

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that BORIS LISYANSKY was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for his role in hiring a hitman to kill two Queens businessmen, which resulted in a non-fatal shooting in May 2010. LISYANSKY was convicted of one count of murder for hire and one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire on April 29, 2013, after a six-day trial before Judge George B. Daniels in Manhattan federal court.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “Boris Lisyansky ordered the cold-blooded murder of two innocent men. Thankfully, his intended victims survived the attempt. Today’s sentence makes clear that even when you send others to do your dirty work, you will be found and held accountable for your crimes.”

According to the Indictment filed in Manhattan federal court and the evidence at trial and sentencing:

In May 2010, LISYANSKY hired an associate, Jesus Rosa, to kill the father and son owners of a catering hall (the “Catering Hall”) in Queens. Torrance Crayton, a/k/a “King Blood,” another associate of LISYANSKY’s, provided Rosa with a gun to use in the murders. LISYANSKY arranged a meeting with the intended victims at their Catering Hall under the ruse that LISYANSKY was considering booking the Catering Hall for his wedding. LISYANSKY met with the victims in the Catering Hall on a weekday during normal business hours. Acting at LISYANSKY’s direction, Rosa entered the Catering Hall during that meeting and brandished his firearm. LISYANSKY, pretending to be a victim, covertly signaled to Rosa the two intended victims of the murder. Rosa pointed the gun at the head of one of the two victims, but decided he could not go through with the murder and instead shot the victim in the leg, and fled the Catering Hall. Rosa jumped into a waiting getaway car driven by Jayson Vasquez-Soto. Vasquez-Soto and Rosa drove back to LISYANSKY’s apartment where they proceeded, at the direction of LISYANSKY, to destroy evidence from the murder plot, including wiping the car down to destroy fingerprint evidence. The police arrived at the Catering Hall soon after the shooting and LISYANSKY, still posing as a victim of the hold-up, gave false details about the shooter to the police.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Daniels sentenced LISYANSKY, 39, of Queens, New York, to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a special assessment of $200.

Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York City Police Department in connection with this investigation.

A number of co-conspirators and accomplices were also prosecuted in connection with this case. Jesus Rosa pleaded guilty to murder for hire, conspiracy to commit murder for hire, and other offenses, and is awaiting sentencing. Torrance Crayton, a/k/a “King Blood,” pleaded guilty to firearms possession and was sentenced by United States District Judge Richard Sullivan to 5 years in prison. Jayson Vazquez-Soto was convicted at trial of obstruction of justice and sentenced by United States District Judge George B. Daniels to 24 months in prison.

The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alexander Wilson and Harris Fischman are in charge of the prosecution.

Updated May 13, 2015

Press Release Number: 14-186